Jim Casey talks with Wade Bowen about: • his 2002 debut album, "Try Not to Listen" • his musical upbringing as a kid in Waco, Texas • getting serious about music as an 18-year-old • discovering his soulful voice • starting his first band, West 84, while at Texas Tech • earning a Public Relations degree from Texas Tech • working at the family company, Bowen Electric, for two years • focusing on songwriting over the last 15 years • being influenced by artists like Guy Clark and Bruce Springsteen • making his new album, "Solid Ground," which will drop on Feb. 9 • the "Texas feel" of his new album • working with songwriters Andrew Combs, Keith Gattis, Charlie Worsham, Angaleena Presley and more on the new album • working with producer Keith Gattis on the new album • choosing to hone his craft in Texas instead of moving to Nashville • his new single, "Acuna," reaching the Top 5 on the Texas Radio chart • getting Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert to contribute vocals on new song "So Long 6th Street" • writing "Couldn't Make You Love Me" with Audley Freed and Keith Gattis • the melting pot of talent on the new album • teaming with Randy Rogers and Kip Moore for the Tall Tales and the Truth Tour • playing MusicFest at Steamboat, Colorado, for the 16th year in 2018 • spending time with his two sons and wife over Christmas

Participants: • Wade Bowen • Jim Casey, NCD editor in chief

Performance: • "Acuna" and "Day of the Dead" from upcoming album, "Solid Ground" • Wade Bowen: vocals, guitar, harmonica • Will Knaak: lead guitar, background vocals

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