Texas music stalwart Wade Bowen will release his latest record called Solid Ground via Thirty Tigers on February 9th, 2018. Produced by songwriter and guitar player Keith Gattis, it will be Bowen’s first proper full-blown release of original music since his 2014 self-titled record. Bowen also released the gospel record Then Sings My Soul: Songs for My Mother in 2016, as well as the collaboration with Randy Rogers Hold My Beer: Vol. 1 in 2015.
“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.”
The cover of the record shows the imprint of the State of Texas impacting into a bigger map of Texas in the background. Like many Texas music artists, Wade Bowen once tried his hand at Nashville and recorded for BNA Records, but since has embraced his place as one of Texas music’s mainstays.
Bowen released the first single from the album back in October called “Acuña.” A lamenting tune about the disappearance of places from his past like Texas dance halls and cool Mexican border spots, “Acuña” is quintessential Wade Bowen Texas country rock.
“I went to college in Lubbock, TX, and every September we used to drive all the way from Lubbock down to south Texas … to the Frio River, down to Del Rio and cross the border to Acuña,” Wade says. “This is kind where all that came from, talking about my roots. This is my glory days song I guess, with a different twist.”
Wade will be playing select dates with Randy Rogers and Kip Moore on the “Tall Tales and the Truth” tour in December, and then will be making his annual appearances at The Music Fest in Steamboat Springs, CO in early January, 2018.