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  11/13/2000            
e. jacks
can u say matt miller?
Wade Bowen  10/07/2000            
david w. murphy
i saw these guys play. TOP OF THE LIne
Wade Bowen  07/16/2000            
Janine Fritel
WEST 84 rocks! These guys put on a great show ,with Wade singing his heart out, to Matt's awesome guitar playing and Shane giving them some of that bass guitar, to Evin pounding like a rock star on his drums and of course who could forget that sexy piano player who gets the crowd on its feet with just one "Great Balls of Fire." If you haven't already seen these guys, you need to check them out! Their album, "Just for Fun," is great to listen to with an ice cold beer. If you want to hear these guys on your favorite radio station, call them up and request one of their songs, we need to get some of their great country songs on the radio for everyone to hear!
Wade Bowen  07/03/2000            
Anne St. Charles
This band is so amazing! I'm not much of a "BAND" type person! I love Top 10's each week and that's it!!!!! Thats why, to my surprise, I found myself absolutely in love with this band. I have never had so much fun as I did when this band came to town! I bought their CD the next time they came to town and I couldn't believe how the songs were all written by them...themselves!!!! They are amazing!!!! The only problem I had with them was that they didn't play long enough!!! West 84....you are a bunch of bad asses!!!! I'm going to stop here b/c I feel cheezy bragging on 5 guys I don't even know!!!! But you truely are amazing. If I had any control over record labels...you would be the FIRST on my list!!! I love you guys! Please...NEVER stop playing!
Wade Bowen  06/18/2000            
Eric Fischer
I just got through seeing these guys play in Lubbock tonight at the Blue Light and let me tell you, I was more than impressed. I can't imagine this stuff comes out of young, college guys. They had a blast playing and the crowd had a blast listening. Dance floor packed, people screaming and yelling, and the lead singer put on a hell of a show. Definitely get out and see these guys if you get the chance.
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