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  08/17/2008            
Saw Wade last night and he put on a great show as usual, but he played a lot of songs from this new album, can't wait to hear it all from the studio!!
Wade Bowen  08/15/2008            
I have only heard the first half of the album but have to say it sounds brilliant. Topping 'Lost Hotel' was always going to be difficult but it sounds like Wade has done it, and then some. I can't wait to get the album.
Wade Bowen  08/14/2008            
What can I say? In my opinion, Mr. Wade Bowen is the best songwriter in Texas. Keep up the great work. This record sounds the best so far.
Wade Bowen  08/09/2008            
wade f'n rules he does not have one song that i couldn't play all day long. can't wait for more
Wade Bowen  08/06/2008            
AJ in Ft Worth
I saw Wade a couple of weeks ago at Billy Bob's...he is just as awesome in person as he is on cd. Great concert - I just ordered "Lost Hotel" from LoneStarMusic and can't wait to get it. Keep up the great work, Wade!
Wade Bowen  05/22/2008            
Great cd, every single song, his voice and the lyrics are amazing, must have.
Wade Bowen  04/20/2008            
dprid is a douche and has no taste in music obviously,wade is one of the best
Wade Bowen  02/26/2008            
hey dprid are u kidding? Because Wade is a wonderful songwriter as well a wonderful singer. If its only that one song you don't like then don't listen to it how bout that. Wade is awesome and cant wait till him new cd comes out. he is one of the best there ever will be.
Wade Bowen  01/18/2008            
I love wade!!!!!
how dare you, have you ever even listened to wade bowen? he's better than most singer/songwriters out there, in any type of music!
Wade Bowen  01/18/2008            
What is going on in Texas, has everyone gone insane? Wade is not a good song writer, his songs are very weak. Perfect example, "Walking along the Fenceline", its an okay song, but Wade thinks its the greatest thing since sliced bread. People need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid, just because someone is from Texas does not mean that they are a talented song writer. Wade is great at covers, I love hearing him cover "Atlantic City", and "Won't Back Down", I just don't want to hear his songs, he has nothing interesting to say.
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