6. KEVIN FOWLER Kevin Fowler pulled off one of the great bait-and-switches in Texas-music history when he went from headbanging in the esteemed Dangerous Toys to twanging it up as of his 2000 album Beer, Bait & Ammo. Six more albums have followed through this year's How Country Are Ya!, and have been successful enough that Fowler is now a Hill Country land baron. His 130-acre spread near Wimberley, Rustic Ranch, includes a 19th-century cabin, fully restored farmhouse and authentic Texas dance hall. It's also available for weddings, parties and other events, so book yours now!
Facebook fans: 356K
5. RANDY ROGERS BAND Randy Rogers Band's followers on Twitter can be forgiven for thinking the group's real home is their tour bus. (The band might even agree.) But on the rare occasions that bus is not eating up the miles, Rogers and crew hang their hats in the San Marcos area. That way if he needs to workshop some new material, he can always drop in on Cheatham Street, the legendary ice house that has also nurtured the careers of George Strait, Terri Hendrix and Scott H. Biram. It also helps to be close to River Rose, the boutique Mrs. Rogers recently opened in nearby New Braunfels.
Facebook fans: 418K
4. RANDY TRAVIS Having sold more than four million copies, 1986 Storms of Life solidified Randy Travis' spot in the country music hierarchy. Relocating to the countryside outside of Dallas some time ago, he has added to his already impressive catalog in recent years, despite a bout of legal trouble in the early 2010s and then a serious health scare last year. Perhaps he can channel these new storms of life into some more good tunes and, as country music is wont to do, turn heartache and pain into a story of overcoming the odds. In the meantime, Texas is proud to call him one more interesting character one of ours.
Facebook fans: 833K
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