Wade Bowen Stands on Solid Ground of Texas Tradition with New Album
Indie Country rocker Wade Bowen announced today via social media that SOLID GROUND will be released February 9, 2018 (Thirty Tigers). Produced by Keith Gattis, the album features "Acuña," (out now) which longs for glory days spent in the small Texas-Mexico border town.
The upcoming album's cover, revealed today at WadeBowen.com, depicts a weathered map stamped into the cracked red dirt of Bowen's home state. While the album is clearly a loud, dirty love letter to Bowen's roots, it's also a wide-ranging addition to a not-quite-country, not-quite-rock genre where Springsteen, Tom Petty and Mellencamp are as influential as Guy Clark.
"Saying 'this is my Texas album' seems like an obvious statement from a guy who's sweated it out in as many beer halls as I have...but Gattis pushed me harder on my writing than I'd ever been challenged before," says Bowen. "Each morning, he and I got to the studio hours before the band to write, so the album's sound was unfolding organically as we were recording it which unified the mood and grit of the whole thing."
LISTEN: An acoustic version of "Acuña" was recorded by Bowen for his bi-weekly YouTube series, Garage Mahal. Of the song, Wide Open Country wrote, "the song falls right into Bowen's dancehall storytelling wheelhouse. Lonesome acoustic guitar jangles and the most subtle hints of the accordion are the salt and lime on the easygoing border town singalong." To listen, click here.
Wade Bowen is currently performing select dates through the remainder of 2017. Complete list of dates below:
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Nov. 17th - Little Rock, AR - Revolution! Music Room
Nov. 18th - Kansas City, MO - The Truman
Nov. 22nd - New Braunfels, TX - Gruene Hall
Nov. 24th - Waco, TX - The Backyard (with Sunny Sweeney)
Nov. 25th - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Dec. 07th - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre (Tall Tales and the Truth Tour with Kip Moore and Randy Rogers)
Dec. 08th - Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theatre (Tall Tales and the Truth Tour with Kip Moore and Randy Rogers)
Dec. 13th - Washington, DC - The Lincoln Theatre (Tall Tales and the Truth Tour with Kip Moore and Randy Rogers)
Dec. 14th - New York, NY - Town Hall (Tall Tales and the Truth Tour with Kip Moore and Randy Rogers)
Jan. 4 to 9 - Steamboat Springs, CO - MusicFest at Steamboat
Jan. 12 - Sioux City, IA - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Casey Donahew)
Jan. 13 - Manhattan, KS - The Hat (with Flatland Cavalry)
Jan. 20 - Ft. Worth Texas - Billy Bob's
Feb. 7 - Key West Florida - Mile 0 Fest (Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Jinks, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Old 97s, and more)
Mar. 10 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley