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  12/04/2007            
Wade is one of the most exceptional songwriters I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. His music shows a great influence of traditional singer-songwriters such as Woodie Guthrie and Bob Dylan. I look forward to hearing him again soon and am eagerly anticipating his new album.
Wade Bowen  11/27/2007            
I love everything about Wade. The wig, the glasses, the catchphrase. Everything - the wig. And the glasses. And the catchphrase.
Wade Bowen  11/11/2007            
Michelle from ft. worth
I love everything about Wade, he truly is one of a kind! I hope the next CD is live and I hope to be in the crowd. Keep up the great music. Love ya Wade.
Wade Bowen  09/28/2007            
Wade Bowen  09/28/2007            
Known Wade from back in the just "WEST 84" days. One of best people in texas music to come along in a long time. People like him are what make Tx Music great. If you hadn't got a chance to hear him;"go ahead and sit by the jukebox,load up a drink,and try not to listen." If 5 stars is the max, I give em a 9 1/2! keep playing on bud.
Wade Bowen  09/18/2007            
Yall need to shut your mouths...It ain't none of your scratchin busniess if Hank II wants to be a scratchin satanist he makes the best country music today....Thats the problem with this world everybody tryin to get in everyone elses busniess and tellin them what the scratch to do
Wade Bowen  09/06/2007            
Love the new song!
Wade Bowen  09/06/2007            
Love the new song!
Wade Bowen  07/25/2007            
"Anything but country!..." is what I'd always say. I recently went to visit a friend, who loves country music, in Austin. He tried for 5-6 yrs to get me to do the same. It wasn't happening... that is until I heard "Mood Ring" and "Walkin' along the Fence Line" by Wade Bowen while visiting TX. I, almost immediately, fell in love with the songs and Wade's voice. Thanks Wade!! :)
Wade Bowen  07/23/2007            
I can't get enough of Wade Bowen, especially on this CD. I love every single one of the songs on here, and would recommend spending your money on it if you haven't already.
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