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Pat Patton Interviews
Texas Music Festival, Village Fair & BBQ Cook-off
By Pat Patton
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The 57th annual Texas Music Festival, Village Fair & BBQ Cook-off, at the Walter Hall Park in League City, on Friday May 6th, and Saturday May 7th was a tremendous success!  There were incredible bands, great Texas Barbeque, carnival rides, jewelry, arts and crafts and food and beverage booths.  When you add amazing musical talent and fun and excitement with perfect weather, it was a great way to rev up the summer!! 

I love music.  I personally believe that music is a magical force where the musician can communicate his or her creativity, passion, and personal beliefs to connect to the listener.  And that is exactly what happened between the performers and the audience at the Texas Music Festival.  When the bands performed, the audience was totally connected, and there was so much yelling, screaming, and Rock N Rolling, especially from me!

On Friday night, the performers were the Brian Burke Band, Cody Rosier Band and Roger Creager.  On Saturday night, the performers were John Slaughter, Rosehill, Charlie Lucas Band, and Kevin Fowler. 

All the bands were fantastic, but I don’t have to tell you that Kevin Fowler and Roger Creager mesmerized the audience, and held them in the palm of their hands.  Their performances were magical, and Kevin Fowler ended his performance by showering the crowd with confetti. 

I had the opportunity to interview Kevin Fowler, Rosehill’s Mitch McBain and Blake Myers, Cody Rosier of the Cody Rosier Band, and Brian Burke of the Brian Burke Band.  I was so impressed with everyone’s talent and creativity.  It was such an awesome experience for me.  And interviewing Kevin Fowler was a real thrill for me. 

On Saturday night, I had a special media team of photographer Jo Wienshienk, Xceptional Images (www.xceptional-images.com) and videographer T Brett Folmar, Pig Productions LLC (www.Pigproductions.US,) when I interviewed Rosehill’s Mitch McBain and Blake Myers.   Jo also took photographs of Kevin Fowler and some of the other bands.

Kevin Fowler is a unique entertainer who delivers one of the most entertaining, high-energy performances in Country or Rock.  Kevin has said that the only reason he got into music is to play live.  He took piano lessons when he was young, and played drums in high school.  After attending the GIT Guitar Institute in L.A., he moved to Austin.  In the last decade, he has released five studio albums, and has charted three singles on the BillboardHot Country Songs charts: "Ain't Drinkin' Anymore", "Best Mistake I Ever Made" and "Pound Sign" which became his first Top 40 country hit.  Kevin’s brand of music is country with a bad attitude.  It’s rowdy  -  country with an edge.  His website is www.kevinfowler.com.

Rosehill is made up of Blake Myers and Mitch McBain who met in high school and lived on Rosehill Drive in Cypress, Texas.  The two were co-founders of the popular alt-country band Texas High Life.  Their third THL disc, “White Lines and Stars”, features 11 songs filled with smart lyrics, bright harmonies, killer hooks and gritty musicianship, all with a uniquely Texas edge.  It was produced by Texas music legend Radney Foster and singer/ songwriter Jay Clementi, and eight of the songs were written or co-written by Myers and McBain.  Their brand of music is original country music, harmony and duets.  The band members are Kevin Binder, Derek Hounsel, Cory Pendleton and Steve Stallings.   Their website is www.rosehill-live.com.

Family man and musician Cody Rosier has only been performing two and half years, and he has had three songs in the top 40 for six weeks in a row and two songs in the top ten for four weeks in a row.  Cody’s mother’s death from leukemia inspired him to focus on a music career.  Cody said that he tries to use country lyrics that people can relate to, and that every song he writes has some truth behind it.  One of the highlights of Cody’s show is when his two daughters, ages 5 and 7, perform a song with him.  Cody’s brand of music is an upbeat mixture of Texas Country and Southern Rock.  His website is www.codyrosierband.com



Brian Burke began taking guitar lessons at age 8.  When he was in high school, Brian knew it was time to pursue his dream, and upon graduation from the Texas State University, he recorded his five song EP.  In August 2010, TexasMusicWorld.com honored the band as its “Breakout Artist.”  Their brand of music is a mixture of country rock, vocals and pop with a focus on the quality of the song.  The band members are Brian Burke, Jake Williams, Brian Kirkpatrick and Clark Kaupke.  Their website is
www.brianburkeband.com

I just had the time of my life meeting so many performers and listening to all the incredible music.  The tickets were only $15.00, which is a great deal.  One of the most important things about the Texas Music Festival is that it benefited the League City Lions Club charities:  http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/find-a-club.php

The 2011 Texas Music Festival Chairman Steven Lockhardt did an outstanding job, and I am really looking forward to attending next year.  For more information about the Texas Music Festival, contact Chairman Steven Lockhardt at 832-533-7008 or chairman@lcvillagefair.com.  The website is www.lcvillagefair.com

For more information, contact Pat Patton at 281-701-2930, Pat@GuidryNews.com or papwild@aol.com.  Pat’s bio is PatPattonBiography.





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