Wade Bowen

Wade Bowen
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Across five independent albums and a decade-plus of touring, Wade Bowen has amassed a string of regional hits and awards, 

and also a fan base who is passionate about music. Indeed, in the fourteen years since Bowen launched his career at Stubb’s Barbecue

 in Lubbock, Texas, he’s risen from collegiate

greenhorn to the top of the Texas music and Red Dirt circuit. His colleagues and friends Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Eli Young Band and

others had made the major-label leap, helping to take a vibrant regional sound to the rest of America. Now Bowen is poised to bring

that Red Dirt and independent spirit to country music at large.


Wade’s baritone is dense and concentrated, with traces of whisky and smoke and an

autumnal warmth. Bowen takes command of his songs, cutting over the top of producer Justin Niebank’s sculpted guitar-scapes on his latest release "The Given." The

sound is one hundred percent country, rife with pedal steel and vivid emotion, but it’s also music that could easily find a home with fans

of Bowen’s rock idols – folks like Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne. Take a few passes through this project and you’ll hearing a

singer’s singer and a focused songwriter who’s adding layers to his music all the time.


On a live circuit where the overwhelming mandate is to stir up a party, Bowen has aimed to leave folks with

a memory. As a writer, even one from a state with some tall literary traditions, he’s not trying to earn a PhD in poetry; he’s trying to

communicate. “My style,” he says, “is more to try to evoke an emotion. I’m more about trying to leave a mark on people.”

Growing up in Waco, Bowen’s exposure to the music of Texas was limited to whatever made it on FM country radio. George Strait

was king. Guy Clark was a name he’d not have recognized before getting to college. But at school, in Lubbock, he discovered the full

spectrum of Texas artistry, starting with Robert Earl Keen. “He was a big changing point in my life,” says Wade. “I realized by listening

to him that there was way more out there than I ever knew. So I started getting into Guy Clark and other great Texas music. But I was

obsessed with Robert Earl. When we started the band we were sort of a Robert Earl cover band.”

That band was called West 84, and they found that with their large posse of friends who’d always show up for a good time, it was easy

to land gigs. Bowen meanwhile began to channel a lifelong love of writing into songs, and when college ended he made two major

decisions. He took on the role of solo artist, and he moved to Austin. By then, about 2001, fellow Waco native Pat Green had busted

out to national prominence and the Texas music phenomenon was the buzz of Nashville. It was part of Wade Bowen’s inspiration to

charge ahead.

Try Not To Listen is the album Wade regards as his true debut, the project that kicked off a life and living made of 200-plus nights a

year on the road and patient grassroots fan development. Then with Lost Hotel in 2006, things really began to click. The opening track

“God Bless This Town” reached No. 1 on the bellwether Texas Music Chart, and to date, 

 Bowen has had a total of 10 Number 1's and 15 Top 5 Singles on the Texas Music Chart. 

He achieved another landmark in 2010, when he was invited to add his name to the roster of great artists

who’ve made a Live At Billy Bob’s CD/DVD combo at the iconic club in Fort Worth. 

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08/27/2010 - Local Favorite Bowen Returns With New Hit Single From Live CD - Read More
05/30/2010 - Dreams continue for Wade Bowen - Read More
03/31/2010 - Brazos Nights Concert Series Begins Friday  - Read More
02/01/2010 - Wade Bowen makes history in Texas  - Read More
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02/01/2006 - Wade Bowen Q&A - Read More
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Average Rating : 4.4              Total Reviews: 393

Wade Bowen  07/17/2010            
I love Wades stuff.I sure wish he would come to Phoenix
Wade Bowen  05/16/2010            
Wade as usual delivers a wonderful CD. You get a little taste of what wades shows are like. But if your hungry for more check out a show and you won't be dissapointed.
Wade Bowen  05/11/2010            
I like the billy bobs cd but the one you can download from i-tunes has 2 extra songs "who i am" and "keep hangin on" but they are not on the regular cd from the lonestar web site
Wade Bowen  04/28/2010            
At first spin I question the sound quality, the songs are great, however the songs taken from blue light should have been left on that record, overall its still a solid live at billy bobs album
Wade Bowen  04/28/2010            
Double-live, bitches!
Wade Bowen  04/26/2010            
I have been a fan of Wade Bowen for a while now and cannot get enough of his tunes. He always puts on a good show and I try to see him every chance I get. He was amazing at LJT this past weekend. Keep up the good work Wade! I have to get the live at billy bobs cd!
Wade Bowen  04/17/2010            
I was at Bob's for this recording and it was amazing! Best concert I've ever been to.
Wade Bowen  03/19/2010            
From what he has released already, this is going to be constantly in my cd player. I love me some "Matches".
Wade Bowen  10/22/2009            
wade is amazing, nuff said
Wade Bowen  07/10/2009            
Who said this CD wasn't good? I bought it a few weeks ago and listen to it over and over. I love it. Not a bad song on it, in my opinion. I have reccommended it to several friends and they all love it too.
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