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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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.
Wade Bowen  06/24/2009            
Jodi Kirgan
I have always been a big fan of your music, and still am. However I am very disappointed that at your last show I sent my shirt in the bus to be autographed and it came out with your name written on it by someone else.
Wade Bowen  06/10/2009            
The song 'Mood Ring' was written by Paul Thorn. He also performed it better, IMO.
Wade Bowen  04/21/2009            
Wow! "Daddy and the devil" is a heart renching tune that for any survivor of this nature, is hard to listen to without breaking down and crying , but it is well needed . Thank you
Wade Bowen  04/09/2009            
wade im so sick of people saying "this album wasnt good" they are STUPID it is awesome... people he won TWO (2) lsm awards for it. that is an amazing accomplishment. congrats wade... keep the music coming.
Wade Bowen  04/06/2009            
I can say that I have definitely heard better! I am not saying that Wade is not a great artist, he is, obviously. However, I feel like with him and the likes of Randy Rogers Band, they are all cookie cutter Texas Red Dirt MALE ARTISTS. There are only a few male artists that come to mind that can blow Wade out of the water in EVERY aspect: ***HAYES CARLL***, CHRIS KNIGHT, and CHARLIE ROBISON. Those men break the mold...I will say, as a fan of Texas Country, and as an Artist myself, who loves to sing Texas Country music.....it is about time we have a Lady that really gives this male dominant genre a run for their money! :) See ya'll soon! :)
Wade Bowen  04/03/2009            
rick in odessa is a complete idiot! this album is awesome. so what if wade dosent have any drinking songs on this album? my friends reading this, that is what TEXAS COUNTRY is about, writing what you know. not what you wanna know. in this album wade wrote about life and some problems that we will go through during our lives. altough it may not be shiney, it is good. KEEP IT UP WADE. --jstn
Wade Bowen  03/19/2009            
I am in loveeeee with this album, its always in my cd player!
Wade Bowen  03/18/2009            
Vinny The Shark
It took awhile for Vinny to jump on the Wade bandwagon, but the day has finally come. New CD. Loving it. His show at Crosswire in Paris, Texas this past Saturday sealed the deal. Have a nice Wade Bowen Wednesday.
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