Wade Bowen

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Wade Bowen
Birth namePaul Wade Bowen
Born1977 (age 44–45)
OriginWaco, Texas, U.S.
GenresCountry, Red Dirt, Texas Country
Years active2000–present
LabelsBNA, Columbia

Paul Wade Bowen (born 1977) is an American Texas Country/Red Dirt singer from Waco, Texas, United States.

Bowen was a member of the band West 84 with friend Matt Miller until 2001 when the group became known as Wade Bowen and West 84.[1] He released his first album in 2002, Try Not To Listen, which became a regional hit in Texas.[2] He released his first live album in 2003, recorded live at The Blue Light in Lubbock, Texas, followed by studio albums Lost Hotel in 2006 and If We Ever Make It Home in 2008.[3] On November 21, 2009, Bowen recorded his second live album at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth. The album was released on April 27, 2010, as a CD/DVD combo.[4]

Bowen released his fourth studio album, The Given, in 2010.[1] It was his first on a major label, Sony imprint BNA Records, though he returned to releasing music independently after BNA closed.[1] He released a self-titled studio album in 2014, followed by a duets album in 2015 with singer Randy Rogers of the Randy Rogers Band, titled Hold My Beer Vol. 1.[1] Bowen's next album was Then Sings My Soul: Songs for My Mother, a solo gospel influenced studio release.[1] He has released 3 more albums: Watch This, with Randy Rogers, Solid Ground, released in 2018, and a follow up to Hold My Beer Vol. 1, Hold My Beer Vol. 2 with Randy Rogers.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020, Wade started a web series of live shows called Wade's World, where he hosted other prominent Texas musicians to play and tell stories about their songs every Friday night. Guests included Bruce Robison, Cody Canada, Jack Ingram, and others.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Bowen is the brother-in-law of Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada[6] and is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he was a member of the Epsilon Nu chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[7]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country US US Folk US Heat US Indie
Try Not to Listen
  • Release date: May 14, 2002
  • Label: New Texas Records
The Blue Light Live
  • Release date: September 14, 2004
  • Label: Sustain Records
Lost Hotel
  • Release date: February 21, 2006
  • Label: Sustain Records
If We Ever Make It Home
  • Release date: September 20, 2008
  • Label: Sustain Records
29 176 2
Live at Billy Bob's Texas
  • Release date: April 27, 2010
  • Label: Smith Music Group
41 16 50
The Given 9 44
Wade Bowen[8]
  • Release date: October 28, 2014
  • Label: Amp Records
9 47 8
Hold My Beer, Vol. 1
(with Randy Rogers)
  • Release date: April 20, 2015
  • Label: Lil' Buddy Toons
4 37 3
Then Sings My Soul:
Songs for My Mother
  • Release date: March 18, 2016
  • Label: Bowen Sounds
18 14
Watch This
(with Randy Rogers)
  • Release date: June 3, 2016
  • Label: Lil' Buddy Toons
21 8 19
Solid Ground
  • Released: February 9, 2018
  • Label: Lil' Buddy Toons
27 10 7
Hold My Beer, Vol. 2
(with Randy Rogers)
  • Release date: May 8, 2020
  • Label: Lil' Buddy Toons
Somewhere Between the Secret and the Truth
  • Release date: August 12, 2022
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2011 "Saturday Night" 39 The Given
2012 "To Live Is to Fly"
2013 "Songs About Trucks"
2013 "Another Song Nobody Will Hear" (with Will Hoge)[12]
2014 "When I Woke Up Today" Wade Bowen
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2006 "God Bless This Town" Matheson Muir
2009 "Trouble" Evan Kaufmann
2012 "Saturday Night" (Acoustic) Deaton Flanigen
2013 "Songs About Trucks"[13] Rose/Weems
2014 "When I Woke Up Today" Trey Fanjoy
2015 "Standards" (with Randy Rogers)[14] The Edde Brothers
2020 "Rodeo Clown" (with Randy Rogers)[15] Tim Duggan


  1. ^ a b c d e "Wade Bowen Biography"., AllMusic
  2. ^ "Biography"., AllMusic
  3. ^ "Wade Bowen: If We Ever Make It Home Review". Slantmagazine.com.
  5. ^ Hennessey, Katie. "Texas Americana Artist Wade Bowen Hosts Quaranstream Concert Series on Friday Nights". San Antonio Current. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  6. ^ "Galleywinter Interview with Cody Canada". Galleywinter.com.
  7. ^ "Wade Bowen". CMT.com.
  8. ^ Hudak, Joseph (August 22, 2014). "Texas Star Wade Bowen Announces New Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Matt Bjorke (January 21, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For January 21, 2015". Roughstock.
  10. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 6, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For May 6, 2015". Roughstock. Sales figure given here [1]
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 28, 2016). "Country Album Chart: March 29, 2016". Roughstock.
  12. ^ "Will Hoge (Feat. Wade Bowen), 'Another Song Nobody Will Hear' – Song Review". Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  13. ^ "CMT : Videos : Wade Bowen : Songs About Trucks". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos : Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen : Standards". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  15. ^ "CMT : Videos : Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen : Rodeo Clown". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 22, 2020.