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  03/04/2009            
This is cd is AMAZING. That's about the only way to dscribe it. Wade's voice and songwriting have reached a new level. AMAZING
Wade Bowen  02/23/2009            
Thank You Wade Bowen!
Wade Bowen  02/10/2009            
Fan From Oklahoma
Those who say they don't like the album because it is too slow needs a reality check. If you want fast upbeat drinking songs listen to Nashville country. It's about the lyrics in this part of the country. I'm pretty sure when Wade's wife was going through her post-pardum depression, he wasn't thinking about writing songs about partying. Give me a break. This album is pure genius. I would rank it right up there with Lost Hotel. If not above it. Probably my favorite of all 2008 albums.
Wade Bowen  12/22/2008            
Rick in Odessa is an idiot. While Texas, drinkin, and partying are all great, Texas music is about real songwriters writing what they feel without a bunch of producers and record labels changing up everything. If you want the same stuff forced into songs over and over go listen to Kenny Chesney. Wade...keep up the good work buddy.
Wade Bowen  12/15/2008            
Jared in Portland,TX
By far the best CD to date. Every song on this CD relates to someone or something someone has gone through in there life. From You had me at my best to Somewhere Beautiful it is a perfectly balanced album. Love the music. Keep up the good work you guys are doing great.
Wade Bowen  12/12/2008            
One of the best records of 2008!
Wade Bowen  12/07/2008            
Wade, I hated to give ya just 4 stars, but this CD is a little "down" than the others, but sometimes, ya gotta write what ya feel and this is a good CD, but you could have brightened it up in a couple of spots. Keep up the good work, love your sound.
Wade Bowen  11/22/2008            
Rick in Odessa
This album is by far his worst and that saddens me. I was really looking foward to this album and am really disapointed. There is nothing to be happy about, nothing to drink to, and no songs about Texas! Cause really, that's what Texas Music is all about, Good times, drinking, love and Texas! This whole album is dark and moody, nothing like Try Not To Listen, which I think is his best or Lost Hotel. Wade, I love your music man, and will still continue to support you, but what happened to Wade Bowen AND West 84??? What happened to acoustics and steel guitars, violins and up beat-feel good music? music? Come on man and go back to your roots...
Wade Bowen  11/19/2008            
Steve - I agree, you're lost. If you can't tell the difference between this and the last couple of Pat Green records, you need to get your ear-holes checked.
Wade Bowen  11/16/2008            
If this is Texas music, i must be lost. Welcome to Pat Green's band and back up orchestra music. Find a steel or violin in this mess!!!
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