on March 20, 2012
Saturday Night Is Right Where Wade Bowen Belongs
Saturday Night is Wade Bowen's latest offering to the Texas Red Dirt Music genre. A style of music that, I believe, is the consecrated successor to the country music of Willie, Waylon and the boys. This genre of music achieves its distinctive country roots by combining country with elements of folk, blues and rock. Lord knows there's really nothing new with that formula. But it's all coalesced to introduce an original, almost providential sound.
This is a straight forward contemporary country song by this very talented young performer. This new number was penned by the capable Lee Thomas Miller a songwriter and record producer known to the Country Music crowd as having written several top Country songs for some of the biggest names in Country Music. Maybe Saturday Night is destined for great things. I hope so. Wade has been working his fingers to the bone and he deserves his time in the spotlight.
This unification of Miller's songwriting skills to Bowen's unique voice is an encouraging sign that mainstream country music has become conscious of this young performer's extensive abilities. I've attended the outdoor version of his live show. He has great energy. And he leads the crowd in chorus after chorus of their favorite sing-a-long songs.
Wade just might be the king of three chords, and a chorus within the Red Dirt genre. Although another of my favorites, Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band is an exceptional artist as well. Both of these Texas troubadours seem to wed a bit of folk music's lyrical honesty with the contemporary tempo of this musical category.
If you're interested in Texas Red Dirt Country Music then you'll need to add this fellow to your collection. After previewing this new song I begin to understand that Saturday Night is right where Wade Bowen belongs because without guys like Wade, Saturday night would mostly be a dull affair.