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Interview: Country singer Wade Bowen set to tour the U.K. (Includes interview)

Following his recent collaborations with Randy Rogers (duets album Hold My Beer Vol. 1 and the live release Watch This), Wade Bowen will be joining forces with another respected singer/songwriter from the Lone Star State, Willy Braun of Reckless Kelly, to bring their hard-edged country sound to the United Kingdom.

The tour featuring these two ‘big-hitters’ who proudly exist outside the mainstream begins at the Borderline in London on November 10 and runs for a total of nine dates, finishing up in Glasgow on November 18.

I believe there is a real appreciation in Britain for the less commercial style of country and began by asking the hardworking entertainer (he’s currently writing songs for two new records) to tell me if he felt that was the case. “I have heard that the audiences there are amazing, attentive and appreciative,” he replied. “I can’t wait to see for myself.”

Wade Bowen

Wade Bowen
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Discussing how he and the Reckless Kelly frontman ended up working together, Bowen commented: “Willy and I are friends. I love his band and I wanted to bring a friend along to experience this with me, so it just made sense. We have no plans to do an album together, but who knows what might happen after spending 10 days together in a foreign country…”

Asked for his thoughts on whether there’s a bit of a traditional country revival happening at the present time, Bowen mused: “To be honest I don’t listen to a lot of country radio, but I’m excited about things like my friend Chris Stapleton exploding in popularity.

“I sure hope there’s a traditional revival happening, then maybe I’ll start listening more. My friend Cody Johnson is a true cowboy from Texas and his independent record just came out and sold a ton.”

Would Bowen like to emulate Aaron Watson’s success and have a number one album on the country charts (Watson’s most recent effort, The Underdog, hit the top spot amid much fanfare in 2015)? “Of course it’d be nice, but I don’t really think about it that much,” he insisted. “I just try to put together albums that paint honest pictures of where I am in life.”

Wade Bowen and Willy Braun will tour the UK together later this month

Wade Bowen and Willy Braun will tour the UK together later this month
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Bowen admitted he’s loved taking the independent route in a successful career that began some 16 years ago, first as a member of the band West 84 and then as a solo artist. As mentioned, he has two new projects in the pipeline, the second of which should be of interest to anyone who enjoyed Hold My Beer Vol. 1.

“The new record I’m recording when I get back from the U.K., with Keith Gattis producing,” he revealed. “Then Randy and I are going back in the studio in January to make another record together.”

For more on Wade Bowen and to check on tour dates, visit his official website.

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