Austin, Texas — Recording artist Kevin Fowler, whose recent project “LIVE from the Party Barn” is a series of songs and videos made available to his fans for free on his website, is to play HarperFest at the Harper Community Park in Harper, TX on Saturday August 1, 2009. Proceeds from the event will go to the Harper Community Park.
Recently, Fowler — who told The Dallas Morning News in December, “I want to be about fans” — decided to record a late night session with the band from the Party Barn at his house and give them to the fans via download from his website for free. The band reworked fan favorites and added some new songs to the set and the songs have been released with a video from the recording every other week for the past few months.
The first single from his latest studio album BRING IT ON, the clever family lament “Long Line of Losers,” rocketed to the top of The Texas Music Chart in September, in a record six weeks, and was holding the #1 spot at the end of the year. It was added to the Montgomery Gentry album BACK WHEN I KNEW IT ALL and released as a single to radio in the summer of 09. Fowler says, “Hearing an artist of their caliber sing one of my songs makes me very proud. I think the song fits those Kentucky boys to a “T”.
While Fowler’s album features the country style fans have loved through Fowler’s six-album career — with songs like his duet with George Jones, “Me and the Boys” — there’s more to it: elemental rock reminiscent of his early days in metal and Southern rock bands. One writer calls the combination a melding of “Metallica to Merle Haggard.” “I’m not really a mainstream artist,” Fowler also told The Dallas Morning News. “I am what I am. ... I feel very lucky every day. I’m so happy to have what we have down here. … “.
Fowler spends much of his downtime in the area at his ranch not far from the park and the community has become really special to him. Jalyn Sivells of the Harper Park Board says “we are happy to have Kevin as part of our community”. Proceeds from the August 1 show will benefit the Harper Community Park. “Kevin and his team have gone above and beyond what anyone could expect for the second year in a row. Kevin has people clamoring to have him play for them all over the place and pay large amounts of money; only to have him put in the time and effort to help this small community and its park is tremendously generous, and we really appreciate his help. We are thrilled to have him back and excited about the addition of Gary P. Nunn this year!” says Sivells.
Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Presale tickets are available now at www.kevinfowler.com.