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I always knew. Being an on-the-road parent and a husband makes leaving home hard but coming home to spend time with them is that much better." From the historic venues in Texas like Gruene Hall in New Braunfels. Texas and Gilley's in Dallas. Texas or the grandest of stages like the Grand Ole Opry. Wade Bowen has performed in front of one of the largest fan bases in the Red Dirt music scene. Wade admits he dreams of playing at the Ryman in Nashville. but that the main stage of Billy Bob's Texas in the beautiful historic Fort Worth Stockyards of is by far his favorite venue of all the stages he has performed on. "There is something about that place I can't get enough of." He recently recorded a Live at Billy Bob's album slated to be released to the public in April of this year. This is an album that he has been approached about for quite some time but felt that he needed to get a few more albums under his belt before he recorded another live album. When asked what the most memorable thing about that night was. his answer was simple and direct. The crowd. They blew me away and it was by far the biggest of any crowd we have had. This live album is going to be different because we are waiting to get things organized and back into the studio to add a couple of studio tracks to set it apart. That way it doesn't get lost on the radio for a year or so." With the latest studio album If We Ever Make It Home. it is a look into the soul of this amazing song writer. "I felt that the title track best summed up the album. I wrote that song because I was scared about the way that things were going in the country with the war and the economy that were just starting to get bad. It was the best song I feel that I have written to this point. The hardest one that I ever wrote has to be "Turn on the Lights. With songs that are fun and great to dance to like "Walking Shoes" and "Try Not to Listen" and the more serious ballads like "Daddy and the Devil" and "Who I Am." his style of song writing is rich in heart. soul. and meaning. Bowen gave the story behind one of the more serious songs he has written called "Lost Hotel." "I don't remember the name of the show I was watching when I came up with the idea for that song. but I remember the plot. It was about how people made mistakes and how they affected their lives they live now." With the recent growth of the Red Dirt scene and the fact that Nashville is taking notice. Bowen said "People try to lead folks to believe that Nashville hasn't notice the music scene. but contrary to popular belief they have always noticed and are very proud of the music that comes form Texas. I am in Nashville at least once a week writing and they love us. The people are great and just enjoy the music." His words to the struggling artist are spoken with experience and truth. "If you try to put a time table on your success. you are in this for the wrong reason. It as part of the journey that you will take as a songwriter. With out it you. you won't understand the beauty of progression and growth in your music and selling yourself short." After hitting the road on an acoustic tour with Adam Hood. Seth James and Sean McConnell in early December and getting ready for the Steamboat Spring Music Fest in Steamboat Springs. Colorado to kick off 2010. Wade is get ready for a great year of music and shows that are sure to be nothing short of spectacular. Next time you get a chance to go see Wade Bowen play. take advantage of it. You won't be disappointed. For more information on Wade Bowen and where you can purchase his music or get a full show calendar. go check out his website www.wadebowen.com and www.lonestarmusic.com. www.todaystexascountry.com. on his MySpace page. or on www.galleywinter.com.