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.
Bowen has raised the bar on his own rockstar reputation and evocative storytelling with his new album, Solid Ground, available now. He’s finding Solid Ground today at the top of the iTunes chart, as the new album soars to #1 on the Country Chart. This is Bowen’s first release on Thirty Tigers and was “the most demanding writing and recording experience of my career,” thanks in large part to his friend and respected East Nashville based producer, Keith Gattis.
Bowen’s mix of country, blues, rock and Americana has never blended as impactfully as on Solid Ground, which includes contributions from Miranda Lambert, Andrew Combs, Jack Ingram, Waylon Payne, Angaleena Presley, Jon Randall, Lucie Silvas, and Charlie Worsham among others. The players on the album are also a who’s who – Audley Freed (Black Crowes) on guitar, Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow) on guitar and lapsteel, Fred Eltringham (Wallflowers, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant) on drums, Billie Mercer (Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams) on bass, and on keys, Jenn Gunderman (Sheryl Crow), Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters), and John Henry Trinko (Randy Houser).”
Check out Bowen tonight at 3rd & Lindsley. If his show is anything like the show at the 5 Spot a few months ago, you won’t be sorry!