Wade Bowen

Releases: Solid Ground (2018), Then Sings My Soul…Songs for My Mother (2016), Hold My Beer, Vol 1 (2015, with Randy Rogers), Wade Bowen (2014), The Given (2012), Live at Billy Bob’s (2010), If We Ever Make It Home (2008), Lost Hotel (2006), Blue Light Live (2003), Try Not to Listen (2002), Just For Fun (2001)
Years at MusicFest: 17

After nine studio albums and a decade-plus of touring, Wade Bowen has amassed a string of regional hits and awards, as well as a passionate fan base. 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 circuit. Wade’s baritone is dense and concentrated, with traces of whisky and smoke and autumnal warmth. His 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. While at school in Lubbock, Bowen 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. 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. He achieved another landmark in 2010, when he was invited to add his name to the roster of great artists who have made a Live At Billy Bob’s recording at the iconic club in Fort Worth. In 2014, he released his self-titled album before quickly following up with a joint-project with Randy Rogers, titled Hold My Beer, Vol. 1, in 2015. In 2016, he recorded a gospel album for his mother titled Then Sings My Soul, who deemed it too good not to share with his fans. With the release of yet another studio album Solid Ground earlier this year, it’s clear that Wade Bowen has no intentions of slowing down!

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