Fowler and Burgett Add Rock Guitar Touch to Country Vocals as TexWestus

Not all groups click right away.

In the case of TexWestus, foreign musicians found success in different directions and eventually discovered that they also loved the power of the sound of an entire band. It meant taking advantage of opportunities.

Consider his “double gig” Friday this week.

First, music producer Don Caldwell added duo TexWestus – singer Chloe Fowler and talented guitarist Corbin Burgett – to her already well-stocked group of 14 performers for a Friday performance at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave., called New Cactus Country Christmas Party.

That night, C&C partners Chloe and Corbin are expected to take the stage and leave early.

It’s because The group TexWestus had previously accepted a headlining concert later that same night at Blue Light Live, 1806 Buddy Holly Ave.

Which means they have to quickly go from a duo to a five by teaming up with their drummer (and manager) Stephen Constancio, bassist Dave Mullins and Adam Gallegos, whom they nickname “Auxiliary” as he plays. electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, banjo or mandolin – whatever songs are requested.

No one seems worried.

Caldwell said: “I booked TexWestus because I have been working with them for a few months. Corbin and Chloe both sing extremely well, have an incredible stage presence and Corbin is an exceptional country guitarist. Probably the best player of the youngster. generation growing up here in West Texas.

“Personally, I think TexWestus will have a recording deal here very soon. Besides being really talented, they are great kids!”

Dustin Six, co-owner of Blue Light Live, echoed that sentiment. He told AJ Media: “The vocals and harmonies of TexWestus stand out in the crowd. They are a very driven band that you will probably see playing on much bigger stages soon. They have remained humble enough to continue to grow. also found on the smallest stages.

“TexWestus started out as a duo (Chloe and Corbin), but they have now played many gigs as a full group (five musicians).”

As it happened, Fowler and Burgett, duo partners and co-leaders of the larger group, first met in a songwriting class taught by Jay Lemon at South Plains College in Levelland.

Before I clicked there, they lived, without knowing each other, about 30 miles apart.

Fowler, born and raised in the Lubbock area, dreamed of becoming a professional singer, preferably a country singer.

Burgett grew up in a Christian farming family near Shallowater. When he was not driving a tractor, helping in the fields, he dreamed of playing rock guitar for a large audience.

One day, Burgett fell in love with Fowler’s voice and concluded that he could give his country a rock’n’roll edge, with some added solos.

Looking back, at age 11, Corbin’s grandmother bought her first guitar from a Toys R Us. That particular ax didn’t make him a happy camper.

“I thought it was too hard to learn,” he said.

To be fair, he was, as he put it, “just a kid” and no one was teaching.

He estimated that the first guitar cost “about $ 50”. Fowler replied, “More like $ 25 if it was from Toys R Us.”

Anyway, he didn’t do anything with the guitar for a few years; in fact, it has become a source of punishment. One of those days when he hoped there was nothing to do, a relative told him to go back to his room and not come back until he had learned three songs on “his grandmother’s guitar.” .

Burgett said: “I discovered that the guitar was not as difficult to learn as I thought it was.”

By the time he owned his first electric guitar, he was learning chords by playing songs from his favorite bands, mostly from the 1980s: “Van Halen, Def Leppard and more Ratt than Metallica”. Favorite song to play: “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne. And he was improving.

Home schooling has also enabled her to make progress in education. He graduated from high school at 17 and graduated from South Plains College at 19.

While Burgett stayed close to home, Fowler was traveling. She gained self-confidence from the Coronado High School choir, but devoted a semester to music studies at Belmont University in Nashville.

She recalls considering studying hippotherapy, a form of occupational therapy involving horseback riding. But nothing took the place of vocals – until she auditioned for “The Voice” with a song by Carrie Underwood and was turned down.

It was difficult, “No one had ever said ‘No’ to me before,” she recalls.

Fearing that she would lose self-confidence, it was Chloe’s father who told her to enroll in the songwriting class she had previously considered at South Plains College. She asked if any classmates were willing to help her finish a song she had started called “Shoulda Said Yes”. Burgett got his band up, whispered a hello, and this song ended up featured on the first EP TexWestus (extended play) recorded by this duo.

The seven-song EP is called “West Texas Wind” and is already receiving regional airing.

Every TexWestus has a backup, of sorts. No doubt Burgett will always have a job if he needs one on the family farm. Fowler graduated from Texas Tech with a General Studies degree and also teaches these young Tigers at Stewart Elementary School.

But their dreams are to entertain the masses with their music, and together as TexWestus, they appear in their path.

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