Wade Bowen: Live at Billy Bob’s

reprinted from MusicFest Magazine.

The past few years have seen Wade Bowen’s long climb to the top of the ladder in Texas Music matched by an increasingly intense and tight live show. Back in 2002, Bowen recorded his Live at the Blue Light album which would serve as a significant testament to his budding talent and stage energy.
That album paved the way for a growing fanbase and burgeoning career. Seven years later, Bowen took to the historic stage at Billy Bob’s to record a second live album.

This time backed by a seasoned band of incredible players, Bowen shines as a songwriter and performer who realizes his songbook takes folks on a journey each time they come to one of his gigs. The addition of Caleb Jones on bass and Ross Smith on keys over the past couple years has elevated Bowen’s band to previously unseen heights. Their studious musicianship, harmonies and showmanship have helped Bowen’s live show reach this new level. Meanwhile, the booming rhythms coaxed out by Brooks Robinson on drums combines with one of the best guitar players in the Texas/Red Dirt scene, Gary Wooten, to give the band a rocking look onstage and a rocking sound on this live album. The glue that holds it all together is longtime axeman Matt Miller.

Bowen’s songwriting is serious, sensitive and real…and so is his singing voice. That voice is distinctive and stands out on a live album that gives a snapshot of a band wielding its tremendous presence in front of a welcoming audience.

The album comes out of the chutes on fire with the guitar grooves of “You Had Me at My Best” and is followed by “One Step Closer”. “Closer” is a longtime crowd favorite that builds a vibe as the crowd sings just as passionately as Bowen does. By the time he reaches the chorus, thousands of Billy Bob’s attendees have gotten one step closer to something…an authentic musical moment.

“Red Headed Woman” is an old song that Bowen has never put on an album, but that fans have always clamored to have on a disc. The song gets a fantastic rendering here as the bombastic chorus is matched only by the mysterious visions of romance gone wrong the song plants in your head. “Not Finished Yet”, “God Bless This Town” and “Nobody’s Fool” take their place as rowdy bar anthems; but the band really shines when they tackle the emotional material found in “Turn On the Lights” and “Daddy and the Devil”.

Bowen tacks two clever studio tracks onto the end of the album, including latest single “Matches” which may be the catchiest release he’s ever sent to radio. Bowen and his stellar band have produced a terrific live album that manages to avoid the slick production values that can sometimes overwhelm Billy Bob’s albums.

With the addition of the studio material and the reappearance of old favorites like “Red Headed Woman”, this is a live album that is a complete picture of what a talented band can accomplish when strong songwriting and superior playing are their blueprints for success.

-Brad

Brad Beheler

Raised in Waco, refined in the Hill Country, escaped from DFW. I've worked in just about every facet of the music business for 20 years. I like to write about it all. e-mail Brad Editor-in-Chief

46 thoughts on “Wade Bowen: Live at Billy Bob’s

  • October 5, 2018 at 11:55 am
    Permalink

    Hello, I desire to subscribe for this website to get newest updates,
    so where can i do it please help out.

  • October 9, 2018 at 3:30 am
    Permalink

    I am really enjoying the theme/design of your blog.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility
    problems? A small number of my blog visitors have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari.
    Do you have any suggestions to help fix this problem?

  • October 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks for every other informative website. Where else may I
    am getting that type of info written in such a perfect way?

    I have a undertaking that I’m simply now working on, and I have been on the glance out
    for such information.

  • October 13, 2018 at 8:59 am
    Permalink

    JloyRZ Some genuinely nice stuff on this site, I like it.

  • October 14, 2018 at 2:42 am
    Permalink

    I spent four years trying EVERYTHING in Online Dating, and through a huge amount of trial and error, I produced a system that I will share for you. This book will take you, step by step, through everything you need to know to double, triple or even quadruple the number of women you meet online.

  • October 15, 2018 at 2:36 am
    Permalink

    Usually I don at read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, very nice post.

  • October 15, 2018 at 4:19 am
    Permalink

    Thanks for some other excellent post. The place else may just anybody get that type of info in

  • October 15, 2018 at 6:52 am
    Permalink

    Wow! I cant believe I have found your weblog. Extremely useful information.

  • October 15, 2018 at 10:47 am
    Permalink

    Well I definitely enjoyed reading it. This subject procured by you is very helpful for accurate planning.

  • October 15, 2018 at 11:35 am
    Permalink

    This blog was how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I ave found something that helped me. Many thanks!

  • October 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm
    Permalink

    You completed a few nice points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all persons will go along with with your blog.

  • October 15, 2018 at 8:22 pm
    Permalink

    Wow! Thank you! I continually wanted to write on my blog something like that. Can I include a part of your post to my blog?

  • October 15, 2018 at 11:04 pm
    Permalink

    Some genuinely prime posts on this web site, bookmarked.

  • October 16, 2018 at 4:25 am
    Permalink

    Im obliged for the post.Much thanks again. Really Great.

  • October 16, 2018 at 7:04 am
    Permalink

    Just got a Blogger account, it works good, but how do I find different users blogs I like with search. I remember there is a way, but I am not seeing it now. Thanks for your help..

  • October 16, 2018 at 7:41 am
    Permalink

    This website really has all the information I wanted about this subject and didn at know who to ask.

  • October 16, 2018 at 8:04 am
    Permalink

    Thanks for some other great post. Where else may anybody get that kind of information in such an ideal method of writing? I ave a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.

  • October 16, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Permalink

    the time to read or take a look at the content material or websites we ave linked to below the

  • October 16, 2018 at 11:13 am
    Permalink

    Thank you for your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on

  • October 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    Permalink

    Nice blog here! Also your web site loads up very fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  • October 16, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    Permalink

    your site. You have some really great posts and I feel I would be

  • October 16, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    Permalink

    Simply a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding design.

  • October 19, 2018 at 1:18 am
    Permalink

    Thank you for what you might have. This really is the most effective submit IaаАа’б‚Т€ТšаЂаŒаАа’б‚Т€ТžаБТžve read

  • October 19, 2018 at 6:34 pm
    Permalink

    We stumbled over here from a different page and thought I may as well check things out.

    I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to exploring your web page again.

  • October 20, 2018 at 1:55 am
    Permalink

    We like to honor a lot of other world-wide-web internet sites on the internet, even though they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages worth checking out.

  • October 22, 2018 at 12:46 am
    Permalink

    You made some really good points there. I checked on the internet for additional information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.|

  • October 22, 2018 at 3:38 am
    Permalink

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn at show up. Grrrr well I am not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say superb blog!

  • October 22, 2018 at 5:48 am
    Permalink

    You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  • October 22, 2018 at 7:35 am
    Permalink

    Really Value this send, how can I make is hence that I get an alert transmit when you write a new article?

  • October 22, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Permalink

    Lovely blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am taking your feeds also.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.