A 28-year veteran of the music business, Kim Fowler founded Two Dog Media in 2007 after serving eight years as VP of Artist and Media Relations at Sugar Hill Records, the premier independent label for American roots music. Kim created and implemented national media campaigns for Sugar Hill’s eclectic roster that included Dolly Parton, Nickel Creek, Tim O’Brien, Scott Miller, Sonny Landreth, Guy Clark, and Allison Moorer — to name a few. Kim was the creative director for Sugar Hill’s music videos and handled all aspects of the press and video campaigns for Dolly Parton’s series of critically acclaimed bluegrass and acoustic albums, which garnered two Grammy awards.
Most recently, Nathan Kalish was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine.
Sounds Like: The heartland rock and alt-country soundtrack to looking for UFOs in Roswell, New Mexico
For Fans Of: Neil Young, Wilco, The X-Files
Why You Should Listen: Growing up with a father who worked as an evangelical missionary, Kalish was born in Milwaukee but bounced around such far-flung places as Germany and the Czech Republic. Though his access to music was limited by his parents, that footloose lifestyle stayed with him as he shuffled between homes in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Nashville, among others. After a stint as a hired hand with the Deadstring Brothers, Kalish – broke and homeless – set out on his own, living and touring out of his van without hardly enough money for tolls. On track to play 250 shows in 2018, he self-released I Want to Believe in April, which he recorded with Dave Beeman (Pokey LaFarge). The LP is a single-minded, songwriterly collection of folk, Americana and country that dips its toes into the waters of alternative rock and psychedelia.
He Says: “That nomadic lifestyle is what I was raised with. I went to three, four schools in one year. I got used to changing friends and meeting new people. Traveling just came naturally to me. I like New York and Seattle, and even L.A. But the real stuff of the country is in the middle, and there’s so much of it that people forget about it. I love going to weird places like North Dakota and to pretty places like Montana, and even to Texas. I guess I’d say I’m from the Midwest, but I’d have a hard time identifying with being from anywhere. America’s gotten so weird in the last few years that it’s gotten hard for me to figure out what’s going on anywhere here. I have a hard time fitting in anywhere. I think I always will.”
Hear for Yourself: “My Best” articulates Kalish’s wandering spirit, and rolls along with an easy vocal delivery before an otherworldly spiraling solo. J.G.
As well, current clients include Lew Card, Edgar Loudermilk Band, Featuring Jeff Autry, “It’s a Way of Life That Stands the Test of Time.” Also, Scott Miller, Zach Schmidt – Molly Parden, Helen Rose, Tim O’Brien – “You and the World Outside.” As well as Nefesh Mountain, and Beth Wood. And The Revelers, who won a Grammy. And Zach Schmidt, The Day We Lost The War. Also, The Royal Hounds, and Batture Boys, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches EP
“The Ark” 50th Anniversary, Michael Dean Damron (New York Times Review), (Dale Bradley (New York Times Review).
Kim was a leader (in both publicity and marketing) in the rise of Grammy-winning Nickel Creek, who was named “music innovators for the new millennium” by Time Magazine in 2000 and featured in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Conan, Leno and more. The band went on to sell two million albums and achieved a host of other successes over the eight years Fowler worked with them (including several #1 videos on CMT). Nickel Creek was Two Dog Media’s first client.
Kim started her career in 1990 at Mercury Records in the marketing department and progressed over the next seven years to be Director of Publicity. She also spent two years at Network Ink as a senior publicist; and was Director of Publicity for Rising Tide Records, helmed by Ken Levitan for Universal Music Group.