Wade Bowen’s ‘Solid Ground’: A Track-By-Track Guide

Wade Bowen ‘s Solid Ground finds the Texas troubadour pressing forward into the unknown while maintaining a firm grip on his roots. As his seven studio release, much of Solid Ground plays out like a comfortably worn roadmap and a love letter mixtape to his native Texas. Solid Ground is as much an exhibition into Bowen’s past as it is an ode to Bowen’s musical heroes. He hits all the major highlights — Waco, Austin, Lubbock, the Hill Country, Far West Texas, Mexican border towns — throughout the 11 tracks. Each pitstop isn’t just an anecdote or Bowen reminiscing though. They’re also opportunities for Bowen to showcase the broad spectrum of sonic influences from the state. It’s Mariachi odes, Guy Clark lessons, badland suites, Robert Earl Keen border ballads, ZZ Top riffs, and a bevy of other Texas staples. With veteran musician Keith Gattis serving as a guide voice and producer, Bowen and company deliver a sprawling Texas soundtrack that’s vibrant, dark and consistently pushing the album ahead. Still, on the surface, the majority of that can be generalized to describe most of Bowen’s work. The difference is Bowen’s focus, drive and ever-growing capacity as a great songwriter. For […]

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