Kevin Fowler Enjoys His Down Time Like the Next Guy

“To help you get to know the real me a little better, I’ve put together an online video series called The Good Life with Kevin Fowler. Watch the first episode to see what I like to do when I’m off the road and hanging out with my friends.” – Kevin

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Randy Houser Kicks Off Country Throwdown Tour with Personal Hero, Willie Nelson, and Friends


Randy Houser peering over his right shoulder

25-Date Tour Begins in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 27

Nashville, Tenn. (Tuesday, May 24, 2011) — With a life-changing new single, “In God’s Time,” hitting the radio charts, country music artist Randy Houser is beginning to understand that everything truly does happen ‘in God’s time.’ An avid Willie Nelson fan since early childhood, he now gets to do something he never dreamed he would– share the stage with his personal hero out on the renowned Country Throwdown Tour. The 25-date trek kicks off on Friday, May 27 in Philadelphia, PA and features a star-studded line-up of some of Randy’s personal friends and colleagues: Jamey JohnsonLee BriceJack IngramBrantley GilbertCraig Campbell and more.
Known as the only country music tour of its kind in which multiple artists travel from one stop to the next together, The Country Throwdown Tour is certainly one Houser is especially looking forward to.
“When I think about how epic of an artist Willie Nelson is, and the ways in which he impacted our format to make it what it is today, it blows my mind that I get to perform with him out there. I don’t know what I did to deserve that!”
Called a “powerhouse, soulful performer” by Pollstar and a “crowd-pleaser” by The New York Times, Houser is known for the his bona fide heartfelt conviction in his live performances and self-penned songs; sure to always touch a chord with crowds.
“When I go out there and sing, I cannot half-ass it,” he says. “That’s just part of the way I grew up. You go at something, you want to sell it. When I’ve got something to say, especially in a song, I want you to get it, so I’m not one of those quiet singers. I can’t just lullaby you. I’m getting on it.”
And throwdown, is exactly what Houser plans to do. But somewhere in his set, room will be left for inspiring new single, “In God’s Time”—the song that has been demanded by fans nationwide since Randy performed it live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, garnering a standing ovation and tearful applause during the ACM New Artist of the Year Special. The song, which is currently playing on country radio, tells his personal struggle to be patient and accept that God has a greater plan for him at work than what he has in mind.

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Corn Pone Humor Revival

Mt. View, Arkansas – March 21, 2011 by Bob Phillips

What started as a ‘doodle pad idea’ in Hidalgo, Texas, in 1996, eventually evolved into an incredible resurgence of interest in old-time ‘rural’ corn pone humor. Dr. Robert Earl Reed was trying to figure out a way to regain the popularity of old-time rural humor. What he dreamed up was an act called ‘Ooty, Cooty, and Pooty,’ a comedy mainstay that would later become his “Chicken House Opry.”

“I had a pretty good career in traditional country music,” Dr. Reed said, “I recorded for Arco Records in California, and then K-Ark Records in Nashville, Tennessee. To see me over the rough spots in the road, I became an auctioneer, and discovered early on it’s as easy to get big bids on earth-moving equipment as it is a box of buttons, so that’s the direction I took. I teamed up with Leroy Van Dyke (the Singing Auctioneer), hiring him to help me with the business, and that led to a direct relationship with Hank Thompson, a western swing artist. I had a band that occasionally backed Thompson for our smaller projects. Lucy Jackson was my keyboardist. Hank took such a liking to Lucy’s music, he eventually included her in his own band, and started using her regularly. At the same time, I was taking a personal interest in Lucy, and was also pursuing a way to bring back good down-home humor to country music.”

Rural humor goes back a long ways in the American psyche. Sometimes just mentioning a name brings instant recall. Judy Canova! Homer & Jethro! Minnie Pearl! Rod Bradsfield! Andy Griffith! Yes, even Andy Griffith. Before he played the bashful Sheriff in Mayberry, he began a recording career at a very young age, recording an LP as a young mountain boy describing a football game that he had seen for the first time. The dissertation is hilarious. Dolly Parton’s hour-glass figure and outrageous outfits, along with her angelic voice, played perfectly against Porter Wagoner’s corn pone humor and his use of old-fashioned country sensibility. A guaranteed laugh usually told about the wealthy city-slicker wanting to get out of his congested, smelly, dirty, traffic snarled big town and go to the country. Once there he gets lost, and in trying to get directions from a hillbilly, the story relentlessly ends with the same punch line, as the hillbilly says, “I’m not the one that’s lost, you are.”
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This post was submitted by Bob Phillips.