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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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 395

Wade Bowen  11/10/2008            
Love Love Love. Too Many love songs. Nohing that makes you feel good. He's had a lot of great songs and cds in the past. This, to me, is not his greatest.
Wade Bowen  10/11/2008            
This CD is amazing! It is a little slower pace than a lot of the other CDs being released this year but, it's still worth every penny. Really great cruising music or just something to chill to when around the house.
Wade Bowen  10/08/2008            
This has been a great year for new music by the biggest artists on the scene. That being said, this album is the best written, best sounding, hardest hooking piece of work to come out in 2008... and it's not even close. If it doesn't do for Wade what Rollercoaster did for Randy, I'll be dissapointed.
Wade Bowen  10/08/2008            
KB Talent
Love the record! Just to clarify, we are not the KB that didn't really dig the record. We love the record! See you in week 7 my man...
Wade Bowen  10/05/2008            
Wades new album is the best I have ever heard! He is awesome! What a talented guy! And super nice guy too!
Wade Bowen  10/02/2008            
Not a bad cd by any means. The songs are very well written. A lot of songs might hit home for a lot of people who have been through similar situations. I know I could relate to a few. On a negative note, overall the cd is a little slow for me. Maybe needs a few more songs that pick up the pace a little. The slower songs bunched up one right after another kind of all begin to sound the same after a while. Just my opinion. Still for the most part a great cd.
Wade Bowen  09/30/2008            
Jay T.
Amazing CD. I had to go to 4 stores to get a copy...everywhere was sold out! I underestimated Wade's ability to record upbeat/radio playable songs----I was WRONG, very wrong. This guy lays it down like no other contemporary singer/songwriter. I understand he collaborated on a majority of the tracks (with Randy Rogers, Radney Foster, etc.), but his delivery is great! I am very impressed with Mr. Bowen...kudos. Excellent job.
Wade Bowen  09/30/2008            
jeff [email protected] american music photography
i love the new cd, from the opening of the first song it just pulls you in, sounds great, the song writing and production sound like his best yet. im sure everyone is going to think this is his best work, if you dont have it yet (just came out today) get it, its awesome, cant wait to see him live in chicago the 12th with eli young and ccr. plus the 10th is cory morrow and roger creager! gonna be a great weekend. i live in michigan so we dont get this awesome texas music up here. i gotta take a road if i wanna see texas music, we need more texas music here in michigan!
Wade Bowen  09/16/2008            
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Wade Bowen  08/17/2008            
Josh Abbott
Wade has probably become one of my favorite people in Texas country. His songwriting is amazing and based on these sound clips, I don't doubt this will be his best record yet...maybe even record of the year
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