At the forefront of Texas Country, Wade Bowen’s new album “Solid Ground” has been highly anticipated in the Texas Country/Red Dirt music scene. Bowen released songs “Day of the Dead,” “So Long 6th Street,” and “Acuna” from the album earlier this month, two of which currently rank high on the TMP Spotify Chart.
Let’s get down to business: What is this album like? What’re the songs about? Is it worth buying? The short answer would be “Solid Ground” is a Tex-Mex musical masterpiece with songs about Texan/Vaquero/Night Crawler culture and is definitely worth buying.
The album consists of 11 tracks:
1. “Couldn’t Make You Love Me” written by Wade Bowen, Keith Gattis, & Audley Freed2. “Day Of The Dead” written by Keith Gattis3. “So Long 6th Street (w/ Miranda Lambert & Jack Ingram)” written by Wade Bowen & Keith Gattis4. “Broken Glass (w/ Lucie Silvas)” written by Wade Bowen5. “Death, Dyin’ And Deviled Eggs (w/ Jon Randall)” written by Wade Bowen & John Randall6. “7:30” written by Wade Bowen, Angaleena Presley, & Waylon Payne7. “Acuña” written by Wade Bowen, Keith Gattis, & Audley Freed8. “Compass Rose” written by Wade Bowen & Andrew Combs9. “Anchor (w/ Lucie Silvas)” written by Wade Bowen & Jeremy Spillman10. “Fell In Love On Whiskey” written by Wade Bowen & Charlie Worsham11. “Calling All Demons” written by Wade Bowen & Seth James
Something about the way these songs align with each other is a beautiful feat. The mixture between mariachi melodies and slow acoustics make you feel in touch with the strength of Texas and its people. A lot of the songs involve self-growth like “So Long 6th Street,” embodying those important moments when we know we should move onto healthier things, although it may be hard to do. Then you have the heart-breakers like “Broken Glass” and “7:30,” putting you in those I want a beer and a quiet porch evening kind of moods.
On the other hand, the album ain’t all sadness and slow songs. “Day of the Dead,” “Compass Rose,” and “Fell In Love On Whiskey” are dancing tunes. Personally, I’d like to take some Wild Turkey shots at the bar and show off my “pretzel” moves to “Fell In Love On Whiskey.” It’s a blurry, but good time when Tex-Mex songs like “Day of the Dead” urge you to show off your grito* throwing skills.
I don’t want to bore you with my own feelings, but I have to bring up “Death, Dyin’, and Deviled Eggs” for personal reasons. As I reviewed “Solid Ground,” my family experienced the loss of a God-fearing, passionate woman. By happenstance, “Death, Dyin’, and Deviled Eggs” came through my headphones on the way to my hometown for the funeral. This song is spot on when it comes to southern funerals. Yes, there was sweet tea, green bean casserole, and for some reason— trays upon trays of deviled eggs that hardly anyone touches. Death is a fearful and saddening event, but this song brings a peace over you. Lyrics “just like that, and everything is blessed” bring a truth to your heart. Well done, Bowen. This is going to be a song old troubadours sing with a black guitar at the funerals to come.
“Solid Ground” is a solid album, (see what I did there?). Bowen provides an outlet for real, strong emotions with a dash of south Texas spice. “Solid Ground” releases tomorrow on all digital outlets including Spotify and iTunes.
Do yourself a favor and download this peppery gem mañana. You can also listen to the already-released songs on our TMP Spotify Playlist.
Want to see Wade Bowen live? Catch these upcoming tour dates:
Feb. 10 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & LindsleyFeb. 16 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s BallroomFeb. 17 – Kearny, NE – Viaero Event CenterFeb. 20 – Tomball, TX – Wade Bowen’s Alive & Alone Acoustical ExtravaganzaFeb. 21 – Tomball, TX – Wade Bowen’s Alive & Alone Acoustical ExtravaganzaFeb. 24 – Bay City, TX – Matagorda Co. Fair and RodeoMar. 2 – College Station, TX – Hurricane Harry’s w/ Jake WardMar. 8 – Washington, D.C. – Gypsy Sally’sMar. 9 – New York, NY – Terminal 5Mar. 16 – Concan, TX – Rio Frio FestMar. 17 – Helotes, TX – John T. Floore Country StoreMar. 24 – Shawnee, OK – FireLake ArenaApr. 13 – Hitchcock, TX – Galveston County Fair & RodeoApr. 14 – Conroe, TX – Montgomery County FairgroundsMay 5 – Boerne, Tx – The Roundup
*grito: a depiction of excitement/feeling in Mexican/Texican culture, usually a loud wail.