Wade Bowen released a surprise EP today (Sept. 4), featuring studio recordings of some of his biggest live-only favorites. The Waiting features six tracks, including “Who I Am,” one of the first songs Bowen ever penned.
“Who I Am” has become a fan-favorite moment in every Bowen show. A 2003 live recording from Lubbock’s famed venue The Blue Light Live has organically garnered more than 12 million streams and is one of Bowen’s most popular songs on streaming platforms.
The album also includes three other fan favorites, a Phil Collins cover and a new song, “Fairest Lady,” which Bowen co-wrote with Brent Cobb.
“I figured folks have been waiting long enough to hear these songs,” Wade Bowen says. “We’ve all been playing “the waiting game” and I couldn’t think of a better way to thank my fans than to put this EP out as soon as I had it in my hands.”
Bowen and his band recorded the main tracks together at Gruene Records in New Braunfels, Texas. Then, musicians in Austin and Nashville added steel guitar, background vocals, and keyboards, sending parts and overdubs to Bowen via email.
“Recording this project during the pandemic was both a fun and frustrating experience” Bowen says. “I usually am in the room while every part of my record is being played but due to circumstances beyond my control that wasn’t possible,” Bowen concedes. “So giving up that control was a little nerve-racking.”
Bowen hit the ground running in the early 2000s, and has released a steady stream of records, averaging nearly an album a year over the past six years including his famed collaboration with fellow artist and longtime friend Randy Rogers. The Waiting marks Bowen’s first collection of original solo tunes since 2018’s Solid Ground.
THE WAITING EP Track List
2.“Who I Am”
3.“Red Headed Woman”
4.“Mystery Of A Woman”
5.“Fairest Lady” (written with Brent Cobb)
6.“I Wish It Would Rain Down” (Phil Collins cover)
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