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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Wade Bowen  07/19/2006            
wade you are the poop man! I an living in south florida and you need to thorough a party aout hear. Man I have a hole new folowing for you! Gos bless and good luck. [email protected]
Wade Bowen  06/27/2006            
i love the song "who i am".
Wade Bowen  06/26/2006            
I only bought this CD because there were two that I *really* wanted and I needed to buy a third to get free shipping (because it makes logical sense to spend $15 on a CD you don't really want to avoid a $3 shipping fee...). This is my favorite of the three CDs. Wade has a great voice and a great style. This one is going to stay in my car stereo for a while...
Wade Bowen  05/31/2006            
i've got to say that is a great cd and a lot of country singers sound the same, but not wade he has his own unique voice and i personaly saw him to memorial day.
Wade Bowen  05/31/2006            
This is one of the greatest cds of the year. Wade also has a great live show. I had the honor of watching him this memorial day weekend and he was awsome.
Wade Bowen  05/06/2006            
texas music fan is queer. wade bowen is absolutely awesome. what the hell are you on? country music is only alive because of people like wade bowen. you need f-ing help.
Wade Bowen  05/02/2006            
Great show on Saturday! First time I've heard all the new stuff live. Still kickin ass!
Wade Bowen  05/02/2006            
Red Raider John
4 stars for being a super nice guy, and 1 star for being Mike McClure's stunt double. 5 stars for excellent music!!! TTU
Wade Bowen  05/02/2006            
Wade Bowen is a hack and his new album is mediocre at best. Ride Pat Green, Cross Canadian, Randy Rogers, and Matt Powells coat-tails to the top.
Wade Bowen  04/26/2006            
Big Timer
I have never really listened to Wade's previous material, but I will have to say that this is True Greatness!!!
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