Ask Kevin Fowler howd hed describe his own music and he doesnt think twice before responding: "Its country with a bad attitude. Its country with an edge. Its just beer-drinkin, hell-raisin, good-time music." That attitude that has made his live shows a mainstay in his home state of Texas carries over to his latest album, Chippin Away, which will hit stores August 9, 2011.
And anyone whos ever been to a Kevin Fowler show knows he does far more than just talk the talkthe man delivers one of the most entertaining, high-energy performances youre likely to see in country or any other genre, with a hard-ticket base that rivals many gold-selling artists. A blend of in-your-face rockin intensity, tongue-in-cheek humor and captivating country storytelling, Kevins music has his standing-room-only audiences hanging on every word . . . and singing right along with him. Whether its "Beer, Bait and Ammo," "Cheaper to Keep Her," "The Best Mistake I Ever Made," "Dont Touch My Willie" or any of the other unforgettable tunes that have seen him regularly perched atop the Texas music charts, Kevins music is the product of years spent perfecting his craft.
Chippin Away shows the progression of an artist and songwriter who not only listens to his audience, he is his audience. Tempo rules on the 11 cuts, beginning with the tone-setting "Beer Money." "Girl In A Truck" is self-explanatory, and a live version of "Knocked Up" is an obvious crowd favorite. ("You got knocked up, and I got locked up; I guess youd say that we both got screwed.") Muddy water washes cares away in "Big River," and everything he wants is in "That Girl."
"Heres To Me and You" is a beer-drinking anthem about the love of friends, family and country. About "Hell Yeah, I Like Beer," Kevin confesses: "What more can I say? If you know me, you know that this song is definitely autobiographical." The title cut is one of the few songs Kevin didnt have a hand in writing. "I thought this song made a great title for the new record because it kind of sums up my career and my life. I just keep on keepin on. Just keep on chippin away." After a long week, all he can think about is heading south in "Borderline Crazy."
The tempo slows early with the breakup song "I Could Do That With You Gone." "Daddies and Daughters" shows the softest side of Kevin Fowler to date.
"This song started because I have three daughters. We were songwriting one day out at my ranch with Trent Willmon and Brandon Kinney, who both have daughters too. This song is the result of a conversation we had that day about our girls. I think songs always turn out better when they are about real-life situations that youve experienced."
A prolific songwriter, who has had songs cut by the likes of Montgomery Gentry, Mark Chesnutt, George Jones and others, he also partnered with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ira Dean, Ben Hayslip, Clint Ingersoll, Shane Minor, David Lee Murphy, Liz Rose and Kim Tribble to write songs for Chippin Away.