Kevin Fowler and other Texas country stars coming to Ballinger
BALLINGER - It's no secret that Ballinger and Runnels County have had some attention from the entertainment industry over the last 12 months. Last year a horror movie was filmed throughout Runnels County. This year another movie is set to be filmed around the county.
On Saturday, August 7, several Texas musicians are coming to play a concert at the airport in Ballinger. Calling it a "concert" seems disingenuous. The event is more like a music festival chocked full of state and local talent.
The event is being put on by Jeff Smith and KRUN radio. Smith has worked tirelessly over the last several weeks to make this event happen, "It's been a lot of work, but we feel that we want to celebrate all that Ballinger, Runnels County, and the Agriplex are. I thought that this would be the best way to do that. We were fortunate to get some top-class musicians."
The headliner "top class musician" is none other than Amarillo's own Kevin Fowler. Referring to Fowler as a "top class musician," is an understatement. Nationally, Fowler has had top 40 country hits, such as "Pound Sign (#?*!)." Several of his songs have hit #1 on the Texas Music Charts: "Girl in a Truck," "Here's To Me and You," and "Before Somebody Gets Hurt."
The busy musician, who is constantly in demand through states in the region, has put out 10 albums: Beer, Bait & Ammo (2000), High on the Hog (2002), Live at Billy Bob's Texas (2002), Loose, Loud & Crazy (2004), Bring it On (2007), Chippin' Away (2011), How Country Are Ya? (2014), Coming to a Honky Tonk Near You (2016), Bar Stool Stories (2019), and Dos Barrachos with Roger Creager.
Musicians such as Fowler and Creager have shaped the high-energy style of Texas country music, which hearkens back to the days of Honky Tonks. The audience is as much a part of the show as Fowler himself. Fans quickly find themselves drawn into his no-holds-barred bold Texas-roots music.
Fowler wasn't always a country musician. He traveled to Los Angeles when he was 20 to study music at the Guitar Institute of Technology. Upon returning, he joined the heavy metal band Dangerous Toys in Austin. Dangerous Toys is a hard rock, glam metal, Southern metal/rock band that is still playing today, 34-years later.
Texas country music isn't something that a musician suddenly discovers, it's something that they must be born with. You can try to do something else in life, but Texas Country will always call to you. That's what happened to Fowler, who abandoned heavy metal music for a Texas Country sound. He has never looked back. Musicians such as Willie Nelson and other big stars have played alongside him. Mark Chestnut made Fowler's Beer, Bait and Ammo part of his show. Sammy Kershaw recorded his own version of the song.
Smith, the KRUN General Manager, was asked how he was able to land Fowler, "Basically, it was the only day that he had available. He's booked solid. If you want a big name like that to play, you have to book them months, or even a year, in advance. Everyone in Texas loves him"
But, Fowler isn't the only star to take the stage on that Saturday, "We have booked Soggy Pesos, State Line Band, as well as the J. Rodney Dunn & the Lost Frijoles Band. Tickets went on sale this week for this West Texas Saturday Saturday in the sun for the Celebrate Ballinger concert."
The Soggy Pesos, growing in popularity throughout the region, played a concert for the making of the movie in Rowena last year. The State Line Band has played in this area before, including Dovefest 2 years ago. Local talent from San Angelo making a name for themselves quickly is J. Rodney Dunn and the Lost Frijoles Band.
There is no shortage of talent for the Celebrate Ballinger all day music festival.
In addition to the musicians, there will be food vendors and others set up on the concert grounds.
The concert will be on Saturday, August 7th, from noon to midnight. It is a BYOB event. Tickets are $35. There is a $10 cooler fee. You can get tickets by going to www.KRUNam.com or you can purchase them at the gate on the day of the concert.