Named “an artist you should be listening to” by Paste magazine, his music has been featured on HGTV, Without A Trace, Heartland, and used in several independent films. On the strength of his original songwriting, Dowler represented Montana as the state winner of the Colgate Country music showdown. Beyond touring and recording, Dowler also composes for film and documentaries (Finding Faeries, 2016; The Forlorned, 2017; Afterlight, 2018).
As part of a military family, Dowler spent his formative years moving every few years with a guitar in hand. After trying out for his high school talent show and not making the cut, Dowler would have to wait a little longer for his first public debut. His first performance would come after forming a punk rock band in Montana and playing their first show during February in a friend’s hay barn.
Dowler would eventually go on to release his first full-length solo record, Polarized, after signing a deal with an imprint of EMI Records. Twelve tracks of straight forward rock and roll followed, drawing comparisons to songwriting icons, Springsteen, Petty, and even Bob Marley. Dowler tackled social, political, religious issues like human trafficking, homelessness, addiction, suicide, and divisive politics. Departing the Los Angeles based label after the one release, the blue-collar artist began pushing his writing style to find his voice. Dowler self-produced several EPs and singles, releasing them independently from his home in Montana.
Since the early days of ear-ringing shows in garages and grange-halls, Dowler’s music may have evolved, but his DIY punk-rock work ethic never left. Considering himself a working-class songwriter, Dowler racked up the miles and kilometers on the odometer, touring extensively throughout the US and Canada. He also covered ground in Australia and Europe, sharing the stage with artists like Noah Gunderson, Switchfoot, Rick Springfield, Shenendoah, and For King and Country along the way. In 2019, his 100+ performances included playing Rockwood Music Hall, the Arizona State Fair, and touring as an opener with Shenandoah throughout Montana.
‘Get the Job Done,’ his first single (and accompanying video) of 2020 released via Asbury Park’s Telegraph Hill Records. The track pairs Dowler’s ‘scrappy’ style with the rhythm of a barroom dancefloor. “I ain’t afraid of working, or sweating out in the sun,” Dowler sings in a tongue in cheek reference to his all-in performances.
The slate also includes a May 22, 2020 release of the single ‘Going To Montana,’ a declaration that captures the spirit of leaving the familiar to build the life you want. The music video was directed, produced, and edited by Dowler and shot by friend Ian Sterchi with aerial footage provided by Bear Country Drone and will release with the single.
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