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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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 395

Wade Bowen  04/24/2006            
This is quickly becoming my favorite cd of all time. Start to finish all great songs. And there is no way Wade Bowen is a sell out with this CD!!
Wade Bowen  04/21/2006            
T-Boz you are crazy!! I don't think you even know what music is by that comment. Wade Bowen is great. He is the next big thing and his music is awesome. He puts his heart and soul into everything he does. Have you been to a live show? Obviously not? Get a life!
Wade Bowen  04/19/2006            
Wade Bowen is one of my favorite musicians, but I am really having a hard time getting into this cd. I think his voice sounds so cool, but he just can't get into all these slow songs on Lost Hotel. He is still awesome live, and i will still go see him anytime he is close to Kansas City. I was just really expecting more from this.
Wade Bowen  04/18/2006            
El Hombre, your are a freaking idiot. Selling out is not trying to make some money. It's when an artist gives up his artsitic influence on his own album just to make some money. Now I do agree with you as far as Wade Bowen goes, in no way has he sold out, the truth is that his music is not marketable on mainstream country radio. He is rock solid country and is one of my favorites.
Wade Bowen  04/17/2006            
The production $$ was spent but you just can't make this gay brand of knock off Tex-Nashville tripe sound any better than it really does. Seriously, this has more in common with Rascal Flatts than it does with Americana or dare I say, country music. The words are meaningless, the music is without edge, and it will be forgotten ton quicker than any other semi pop project like TLC. T-Boz out!
Wade Bowen  04/14/2006            
Adam LaGrange
Definitely one of the best albums I've bought in a long time. Ranks right up there with Randy Rogers Band's Rollercoaster. Love "God Bless this Town" and "Walkin' Along the Fenceline". Very cool!
Wade Bowen  04/11/2006            
Justin B.
I love Wade Bowen and have had the privelege to meet the man about a year 1/2 ago. This is an awsome album...but the only gripe I have about it is there are not enough upbeat songs on it. The album is kind of depressing and most of the time I'm not in the right mood for most of the songs on it....not that they aren't great songs with awsome lyrics.
Wade Bowen  04/10/2006            
Keep On Keepin On , WB
Wade Bowen  04/07/2006            
i love this CD! One I catch myself leaving in the player and listening to time after time. Caught WB in Dallas... very cool and very humble. Dang man, he's good. Love Mood Ring. Very clever...
Wade Bowen  04/05/2006            
El Hombre
Justin....you say it's a good CD then accuse him of selling out and say he has lost a fan. I guess I missed how he had sold out. And I'm not so sure I even know what selling out means. If that means taking steps to make some money and be successful then it would be pretty damn stupid NOT to sell out. Kinda like it's pretty damn stupid to accuse people of selling out. Just exactly what did he do to sell out? This is a fine CD. s
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