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  04/05/2006            
Brian Christopher
I yet to receive this new CD but i know it is a kicka$$ CD. All his CDs are a must have and he will never sell out. Justin since your so in to music and etc, but dont you do read the interview lonestarmusic.com has with his and you will find out why its not west 84 anymore. but anyways. must have CD and he is even better live and acoustic. keep on keep'in on!
Wade Bowen  04/02/2006            
Good thing he's lost u justin. First of all, pat never sold out. He just took texas music to a bigger audience. We're all proud to be texans, and u can't turn ur back on a person cus they're tryin to spread our sound to the rest of the country. If u want to bash someone, go to cmt.com and leave a review for kenny chestnuts, toby gooch, or big n bitch!
Wade Bowen  04/01/2006            
Justin Arnold
Good Cd, but I'm wondering why it's not Wade Bowen and West 84 and why he would sell out to Nashville? Ever since Pat Green did it, all these musicians from texas that talked so badly about Nashville Country are selling out. You've lost this fan!
Wade Bowen  03/31/2006            
this album is as good as it gets! Wade has found a way to speak to every emotion in the span of a few songs. his voice sounds stronger and more confident than ever. As a long time fan, this is the one we have all been waiting for. awesome job Wade!
Wade Bowen  03/31/2006            
Great CD! Best vocals of all Wade's albums yet. Can't say it's my personal favorite, but that's just because "The Blue Light-Live" CD freakin' rocks!
Wade Bowen  03/31/2006            
This is a hell of a CD I think that this might be the only cd that i have ever bought that i can sit there and listen to the whole cd and like every single song on it. Wade and the band done a hell of a job making this CD!!!!!!!
Wade Bowen  03/29/2006            
To set the record straight -- I'm a huge fan of Wade Bowen. I just think the new album is full of too many slow, sappy ballads. I agree that "Resurrection" is good, but it doesn't make up for the overload of slow songs. Maybe I was too harsh with the Nashville/sell out comment -- for that, I'm sorry. But anyone looking for songs like those Wade recorded with West 84 may be disappointed -- I was.
Wade Bowen  03/26/2006            
LOVE THIS CD! and for all those who like to call every new cd that comes out Nashville, learn some new terms for your critiques. I don't even think some of you know what "turning Nashville" means. You just heard someone say it and wanted to sound cool, too. Music evolution is a good thing. And with a few exceptions, most of the music that has been coming out now is far from Nashville. Get a dictionary and a better vocabulary.
Wade Bowen  03/26/2006            
Music is pretty subjective so I wanted to take the time to let wesnic12001 know - you're just wrong. This is a great album and makes the long wait worth it. I don't see how you can listen to a song as great as "Resurrection" and refer to Wade as a sellout. Does not compute.
Wade Bowen  03/26/2006            
I'm only giving 3 Stars because I've been watching Wade Bowen for several years and always liked his live shows. But this album deserves less than 1 Star. It's just not Wade Bowen. It sounds very commercial -- very Nashville -- very non-Texas. I guess that's what he's going for, but for a fan, I'm not impressed and pretty disappointed. It looks like Wade got rid of his band ... and his amazing sound. Add him to a growing list of sell outs.
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