Kevin Fowler signs with Lyric Street
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
– Texas singer Kevin Fowler signed with Lyric Street after releasing two albums on the defunct Equity Records label.
A native of Amarillo, Texas, Fowler learned how to play guitar in Los Angeles and later was guitarist for rock group Dangerous Toys before forming his own rock outfit Thunderfoot. He later left rock for country, releasing several albums on his own, including his debut "Beer, Bait and Ammo," which sold about 30,000 units. He put "Loose, Loud & Crazy" in 2004 for Equity and "Bring It On" in 2007. Fowler also has earned songwriting credits with Montgomery Gentry's recording Long Line Of Losers and George Jones' take on Beer, Bait And Ammo.
Fowler's first music on Lyric Street Records is expected this spring.
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