Bowen Joined by Rhett Akins & Lee Roy Parnell
Plus Surprise Guests Miranda Lambert & Charlie Worsham
New Single “Phones Don’t Work” Follows “When Love Comes Around”
Off Six-Song EP Where Phones Don’t Work, Out Now
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the recent release of six-song EP Where Phones Don’t Work, Texas troubadour Wade Bowen offered fans a glimpse at his first new solo music in over three years, driven by a renewed sense of focus and passion inspired by his time off the road. Now, with a return to his ferocious touring schedule fully underway, Bowen embraced the sense of community in Nashville that played such an important role in creating that new music.
Following opening sets by his friends (and renowned singer/songwriters) Rhett Akins and Lee Roy Parnell, Bowen took the stage at the storied club with “Sun Shines on a Dreamer” before performing a new song from his latest EP, “Where We Call Home.” Over the next hour-plus, Bowen treated fans to his most popular songs as well as beloved album cuts, including “Who I Am,” “Mood Ring,” “West Texas Rain,” current single “Phones Don’t Work” and more.
The man praised by MusicRow as “perennially popular” and an artist who “can always be counted on for country excellence” had stopped by WSM’s “Coffee, Country & Cody” a day earlier to preview the show, remarking that he likes to treat his performances like a family gathering: “My stage is everyone’s stage.”
Keeping true to that sentiment, Bowen not only invited Akins and Parnell back up to join him –with the collaborative moments creating a jam-session feel in the intimate venue during songs such as Parnell’s “On the Road” and Akins’ “That Ain’t My Truck” – but he also had a few surprises up his sleeve.
Not only did Bowen bring Charlie Worsham to the stage; after seemingly closing out the set with his ever-poplar “Saturday Night,” Bowen also invited his Texas compatriot and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Miranda Lambert out, thrilling the crowd with a rendition of Keith Whitley’s classic “Miami My Amy.”
The stage was full of friends as the night came to a celebratory close, punctuating the evening with an all-sing of Merle Haggard’s “Ramblin’ Fever.”
“Two decades into his music career, Bowen’s music retains a newcomer's energetic fervor, melded with his signature blend of sounds from across the wide spectrum of Texas music,” remarks Billboard – and on a Wednesday night in Nashville, that fervor was on full display.
For more information on new music and upcoming tour dates, including the annual Bowen Musicfest benefitting the Bowen Family Foundation this April, visit www.WadeBowen.com and follow on Facebook @TheWadeBowen or Twitter and Instagram @WadeBowen.
Exit/In Set List
1. Sun Shines on a Dreamer
2. Where We Call Home
4. West Texas Rain
5. When Love Comes Around
6. If We Ever Make It Home
7. You Had Me At My Best
8. Be You
9. Songs About Trucks
10. ‘Til It Does
11. When I Woke Up Today
12. Last Town in Texas
13. Mood Ring
14. Phones Don’t Work
15. Fell In Love On Whiskey
16. Who I Am
17. On the Road (with Lee Roy Parnell)
18. That Ain’t My Truck (with Rhett Akins)
19. Saturday Night
20. Miami, My Amy (with Miranda Lambert)
21. Ramblin’ Fever (with Lee Roy Parnell, Charlie Worsham, Miranda Lambert)
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 uplifting lead single “When Love Comes Around” and follow-up “Phones Don’t Work” off his forthcoming EP, Where Phones Don’t Work, available everywhere now via 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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