Wade Bowen's National TV Debut on Conan

Photo courtesy Will Knaak
[press release]

Last night, Wade Bowen made his national TV debut on Conan, adding another milestone to a remarkable list of accomplishments since the release of his self-titled album late last year.

Watch him perform "When I Woke Up Today" here.

The biggest independent release of his career, Bowen's self-titled album has, in many ways, surpassed the success of his last major label release, climbing to #2 on the iTunes country chart and already topping 1 million plays on Spotify.

"When I Woke Up Today" has also been added to rotation on SiriusXM's The Highway, adding national momentum behind the single, which spent several weeks at #1 on the Texas Music Chart.

Bowen's new album marks a true breakthrough for his music, both artistically and professionally. "On all my earlier records, I think I felt like I had something to prove. On this album, I threw all of that out the window," he says. "I felt like I needed to hit the reset button. That's what this record feels like - the start of the next phase of my career. It was nice to make music for the right reasons and just to have fun with it. Hopefully people will enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it."

A household name in his native Texas, Bowen's renewed songwriting approach has resounded with a wide audience, earning him new fans around the country. Critics have taken notice, too.

Highlighting a track from the album in NPR Music's "Songs We Love" feature, critic Ann Powers said, "Bowen's calm delivery is perfectly reflective, framed by gentle guitar lines in a sideways motion, like rain on a moving windshield."

Billboard praised the album as "some of Bowen's most potent lyrical work to date." Rolling Stone called it "that rare personal project with universal appeal," while PopMatters recommended the album for "any fan of true country music from Bakersfield to Nashville."

Wade Bowen will continue to tour in support of the album throughout 2015. See below for a list of upcoming dates, with more TBA.

1/15 - Cedar Park, TX @ Wild West
1/16 - Kingsville, TX @ JK Northway Coliseum
1/23 - San Angelo, TX @ Midnight Rodeo
1/24 - Lubbock, TX @ Wild West
1/30 - Tyler, TX @ Coaches and Cowboys
1/31 - Waco, TX @ Wild West
2/6 - College Station, TX @ Hurricane Harry's
2/13 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
2/14 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
2/19 - Wichita Falls, TX @ Denim and Diamons
2/21 - Stillwater, OK @ Tumbleweed Dancehall
2/27 - Navasota, TX @ Texas Birthday Bash
2/28 - Nacogdoches, TX @ Banita Creek
3/26 - Fort Worth, TX @ Billy Bob's
3/27 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Wormy Dog
3/28 - Abilene, TX @ Outlaws and Legends Fest
4/9 - Lubbock, TX @ Lubbock Lights (TTU Campus)
4/10 - Bossier City, LA @ The Stage at Silver Star
4/11 - Marshall, TX @ Davis Farm
4/18 - San Antonio, TX @ Fiesta Oyster Bake
4/24 - Mesquite, TX @ Mesquite Real Texas Festival
4/25 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
5/23 - Sarepta, LA @ Muddy Bottoms ATV Park
6/26 - 6/28 - New York, NY @ FarmBorough 2015

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