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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: 394


Wade Bowen  04/20/2001            
Laura Robertson
I think WEST 84 will make it big. Their heart is in the music they play, be it theirs or another artists', and they truly care about their fans. Anytime they are in San Angelo, I make it a priority to attend! I wish them all the best in the future!
Wade Bowen  03/29/2001            
joe casper
you guys stink without me
Wade Bowen  03/07/2001            
Dan Richardson
I was really impressed by the lyrics in this bands songs. I'm actually curious who wrote them. I need to purchase a CD I supose and find out...in fact, I think I'll do that now! These guys have a lot of talent! All my wife wanted to do was DANCE!!! That says ALOT!!! I really loved that song with 'beer to the opry' or something...I can't remember now the words, but the writing was SO GREAT!! Keep it up guys!
Wade Bowen  03/05/2001            
LEE POTTER
WHOEVER WROTE THAT FOR SWT UNI. ITS 3 WORDS, BUT I AGREE TEN FOLD. I SAW THESE GUYS AT ADAIRS AND ILL HAVE TO SAY THERE ONE OF THE BANDS YOUNG BANDS AROUND. AND TO WHO EVER WROTE THAT SHIT ABOUT THEM BEING A FRAT BAND GET YOU HEAD OUT OF YOU ASS, I THINK THERES ONLY ONE OR TWO IN A FRAT. CHANCES ARE YOU PISSED BECOUSE THERE GETTING A COLLEGE ED. AND HAVING A BLAST DOING IT. YOU GUYS KICK ASS KEEP IT UP
Wade Bowen  03/05/2001            
SWT university
2 words.....BAD ASS BAND
Wade Bowen  02/23/2001            
johnny T
go fed matt miller
Wade Bowen  01/24/2001            
Aaron
I got West 84's "Just For Fun" CD expecting to hear something really great. I did not get that from the CD. The songwriting was week and had too much Nashville-ish flash. I think these guys are all about Nashville but wanna hang out in Texas for a little while and cash in on the Texas music craze.
Wade Bowen  01/24/2001            
Paul Stanley
I recently saw West 84 perform and was not impressed at all. Typical show for frat daddies with guitars. There is some talent there, but he is pushed to the back by the Luke Olson child like voice. Save your money.
Wade Bowen  01/20/2001            
Sarah
I just recently found out about yall and I havent taken your cd out of my cd player yet! You really need to play in Wichita Falls.
Wade Bowen  11/13/2000            
e. jacks
can u say matt miller?
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