WATCH: Wade Bowen celebrated the release of Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth
with a pop-up album release show at the Analog at Hutton Hotel in Nashville on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022
Renowned singer-songwriter Wade Bowen brought the music to Music City on Monday night, Aug. 15, with a special pop-up show to celebrate the release of his latest studio album, Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth, as the project available HERE continues to earn praise from fans and critics alike.
“I’ve got some stories to tell about why I wrote certain songs, but this one here has no story at all,” he shared to laughter from the enthusiastic Analog at Hutton Hotel audience, kicking off the evening with feel-good opener “Honky Tonk Roll.” “Some nights you just want to let go; let loose; let your drunk alter ego come out and have some fun – here we go!”
Bowen performed the full track list throughout the night, sharing anecdotes from the creative process along the way and remarking on the special opportunity to get to perform a full album live in its entirety.
“With this record the last couple years, I found a newfound energy but along with that I dove into ‘80s and ‘90s country, which I’ve always been such a fan of,” Bowen reflected when introducing “The Secret To This Town” midway through his set. “I started writing more along those lines and I think that’s where the production and everything came from on this record.”
Singer/songwriter Ray Fulcher then joined Bowen on stage for their cowrite “If You Don’t Miss Me,” while Clint Ingersoll also made an appearance during their cowrite “Knowing Me Like I Do,” both receiving excited applause from the engrossed audience.
“This is one of those moments in my career that I believe, when I look back, it might be one of my favorite things that I’ll ever do,” Bowen remarked while introducing his critically acclaimed Vince Gill duet off the album, “A Guitar, A Singer and A Song.” “I tried really hard with this song to show the good and the bad of what we do, and why we do it… At the end of the day, when I lay my head down, it’s just me, my guitar, the songs I write and the songs I sing. That’s really all it comes down to and no matter how long or short your career is, that’s what you’re gonna end up with. I thought to myself, ‘man, I hope that I do enough in my career, however long it may be – I hope I do enough where people don’t forget me.”
Today, Aug. 17, Bowen also debuted the official video for the musical homage to a life of song, recently praised by Billboard as “a stunning ode to the creative tug at the heart of singer-songwriters,” offering a striking tribute to the musical friends and heroes who, like Gill, inspire him to keep relentlessly pursuing the dream of music. Watch HERE.
As Monday’s full-album performance then came to a close with its thematic anchor of a title track, the show was only getting started. Bowen launched into a rapid-fire succession of fan-favorites – taking requests along the way – as he thrilled the crowd with a career spanning selection of songs, including medleys f”If You Don’t Miss Me”, Analog, rom his 2021 EP Where Phones Don’t Work to the grand finale of hits “Sun Shines on a Dreamer” and “Saturday Night.”
The show capped off a celebratory album release weekend for Bowen, who also appeared at the Country Music Hall of Fame for a songwriting session on Saturday before making his sixth appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage that night. Bowen will continue to bring the new music to fans as his tour dates span the U.S. through the remainder of the year.
Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth Track List
- Everything Has Your Memory (Wade Bowen, Eric Paslay, Heather Morgan)
- Burnin’ Both Ends of the Bar (Wade Bowen, Randy Montana)
- Honky Tonk Roll (Wade Bowen, Randy Montana)
- The Secret To This Town (Wade Bowen, Heather Morgan)
- If You Don’t Miss Me (Wade Bowen, Ray Fulcher)
- A Beautiful World featuring Lori McKenna (Wade Bowen, Lori McKenna)
- She’s Driving Me Crazy (Wade Bowen, Eric Paslay, Heather Morgan)
- Knowing Me Like I Do (Wade Bowen, Clint Ingersoll)
- It’s Gonna Hurt (Wade Bowen, Drew Kennedy)
- Say Goodbye (Wade Bowen, Eric Paslay, Heather Morgan)
- A Guitar, A Singer and A Song featuring Vince Gill (Wade Bowen, Lori McKenna)
- Somewhere Between The Secret and The Truth (Wade Bowen, Lori McKenna
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 genuine 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 “Everything Has Your Memory” and new release “A Guitar, A Singer and A Song” (featuring Vince Gill) off his latest album, Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth, available 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.
WATCH: Wade Bowen feat. Vince Gill “A Guitar, A Singer and A Song” Official Music Video
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