Monday, October 18, 2021 - 2:45pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Born in Waco and schooled in the clubs surrounding Lubbock’s Texas Tech University, Wade Bowen was raised on a steady diet of the hardscrabble Country realism and Rock showmanship that defines the Texas music scene, yet his music has never been constrained by the state line. Now, with brand-new single “When Love Comes Around” available everywhere this Friday, October 22, Bowen offers the first glimpse at his forthcoming Where Phones Don’t Work EP set for release November 19 via Thirty Tigers.
A dozen albums have shown Bowen’s evolution – including six studio sets, two beloved live collections, a gospel album and an ongoing series of buddy-country hits with fellow Texan, Randy Rogers – yet with each distinct piece of art his focus remains on writing unique songs with a literary quality and constantly reexamining his sonic territory to match his life, as evidenced once again on Where Phones Don’t Work.
“While slowing down and reflecting over the past year, I felt a calling to create more uplifting music that would be exciting to incorporate into our shows, since we’re so grateful to be playing live again,” says the “Texas torchbearer” praised by Rolling Stone for his “freewheeling spirit.” “There’s a new sense of hope and a new sense of urgency with this music. I’m just so inspired again. Because of that inspiration, it created an opportunity for me to really open my writing brain, and my heart, a lot more. I feel like I’m 25 again, starting my career — it’s almost like a new path, but now I have all the knowledge from the past 20 years. It feels good.”
Lead single “When Love Comes Around,” available everywhere this Friday, Oct. 22, embodies that sense of hope both melodically and lyrically, with Bowen crooning in the opening lines:
        If I were magic

        You’d be mystery
        We’d keep ’em on the edge of their seats
        If I were a Gibson
        You’d be a sweet song
        Always bringing the best out of me
“From the moment we wrote this one, I knew it was going to be like, ‘Well, I’ll be playing this one forever,’ you know?” shares Bowen of the track. “It has a happiness and a feel-good nature to it which I can feel when we’re playing it on stage already. The crowd just starts to smile a little bit more. That’s the way it was when we wrote it. That was the whole point of this project — I want to lift people up. I want to make them feel good.”
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Where Phones Don’t Work Track List
1. Phones Don’t Work (Wade Bowen, Aaron Raitiere, Rhett Akins)
2. Where We Call Home (Wade Bowen, Brad Clawson, Jeremy Bussey)
3. The Last Town In Texas (Wade Bowen, Eric Paslay, Heather Morgan)
4. When Love Comes Around (Wade Bowen, Eric Paslay, Heather Morgan)
5. Trouble Is (Wade Bowen, Steve Earle)
6. Be You (Wade Bowen, Drew Kennedy)
Produced by Paul Moak
About Wade Bowen
Twenty years and some 4,000 shows into his career, the name Wade Bowen has become synonymous with authentic Country music– and for good reason. An artistic descendant of American icons like Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and more, Bowen is a contemporary link in a Texan chain of roots-rock poets stretching back more than 50 years – yet his ambition never ended at the state line.
Seen as one of the genre’s finest and most authentic modern voices, Bowen’s approach stays rooted in tradition, but also stands on the creative cutting edge. His focus remains on writing unique songs with a literary quality and shifting his sonic territory to match his life, as evidenced by his uplifting new single, “When Love Comes Around,” off his forthcoming EP, Where Phones Don’t Work, available everywhere November 19 (Thirty Tigers). 
Wielding a knack for direct, poetic songwriting that never panders, Bowen matches his gravel-road growl to an organic sound spanning the whole of Texas and beyond, tapping both country and rock influences. A dozen albums have shown his sonic diversity – including six studio sets, two live collections, a gospel album and an ongoing series of buddy-country hits with fellow Texan, Randy Rogers. Along the way, he’s scored hits and accolades based on quality, not quantity, and continues to perform around 200 nationwide shows each year – including multiple appearances on the venerated Grand Ole Opry stage. 
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