My Story

My name is Danny Fowler.  I've been living in Kansas City since 2005. I moved here from Oklahoma following a girl (my wife).  Classic story, but you want to hear about music.  I play swing music.  I can't really characterize it any planer than that.  Western Swing, Early Jazz, Dixie Land, or just Swing.  It's what I play.  My motto for music is and always will be, "It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing."  Thank you, Duke Ellington, for putting my emotions for music into words.

I was raised on folk, classic rock (Eagles), and bluegrass.  Which is an odd combination if it weren't for the hundreds of trips to Branson, MO when I was younger.  Who knows how many greats I've forgotten seeing play over the years.  One thing is for sure, that influence drives me to find more and more music I like.

In college, I discovered swing music in the most proper way I can imagine.  I went to one swing dance club event following a girl (see a pattern?) and I was hooked on swing and jazz.  I spent hours learning to dance, began building a vast collection of music which pushed me into DJing, and started teaching all across Oklahoma and in many other parts of the midwest.  After I moved to KC in 2005, I stumbled into playing swing guitar in a musical and it went downhill from there.

Now, I play musicals all over town, play music for church (swing, folk, and Christian rock), and lead ukulele groups in the north land.  In 2014 I recorded a self produced, mixed, recorded, and designed demo: Swing Ukulele.  In 2014-2016, I taught ukulele, swing guitar, and swing ukulele for Folk Alliance International's Winter Music Camp. My career as a musician keeps building and building up every year.  It's great fun and I continue to have a truly marvelous time.

At the beginning of 2017, I decided to take a step back from professional music.  An occupation change (other the road truck driver) has left me with only weekends to spend with my family.  I hope to return to performing and teaching in the future.  In the meantime, practice and writing... and keep on trucking.