Bowen breaks a record
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
– Wade Bowen raised a record-breaking $150,000 this weekend in hometown Waco, Texas for the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children at his 14th Annual "Wade Bowen Classic" celebrity concert and golf tournament.
Sunday's all-star concert hosted more than 3,000 fans at Indian Springs Park where the music-packed day included 27 of Bowen's artist friends including surprise guest Stoney LaRue along with Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Casey James, Charlie Robison, Randy Rogers, Reckless Kelly, Eric Paslay, Dustin Lynch and Charlie Worsham. The concert was followed by a two-man golf scramble on Monday where 200 golfers, more than ever before, played alongside Bowen.
Bowen will release his BNA debut later this month.
CD reviews for Wade Bowen
Then Sings My Soul...Songs for My Mother
Wade Bowen's "Then Sings My Soul... Songs for my Mother" is mainly comprised of gospel songs familiar to country music fans, including "I'll Fly Away" and "Farther Along." These are all songs churched mothers would love. However, the wildcard in the bunch is "Saved," a rollicking cover of Bob Dylan's gospel song back from his born again period. It's built upon a hard charging rock guitar riff, pummeling piano and Sunday-ready organ. »»»
The two opening tracks of Wade Bowen's new, eponymous album, "When I Woke Up Today" and "The Sun Shines on a Dreamer," are practically bursting with optimism and energy. If he harbored any sadness about leaving his major-label record deal behind in favor of the indie route, it's certainly not evident here. That one-two combination starts the album off with a bang, and the rest of the songs that follow do not disappoint.
"Wade Bowen" is undeniably country, »»»
Wade Bowen has spent the past dozen years evolving as an artist, from the frat rock days as the frontman of West 84 to being one of the modern day standard-bearers of the emerging Texas Music Scene. Now, the Waco, Texas native is bringing his acoustic-based sound to Nashville with the "The Given."
Bowen co-wrote nine of the album's 10 songs, but the one he didn't may be the record's biggest gem, To Live Is To Fly, a duet with Guy Clark on a Townes Van Zandt-penned song. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures
After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set.
As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow
Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well.
Rawlings, who released the very fine "Poor David's Almanack" in... »»»
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