It might be unfair to compare Aaron Watson and Wade Bowen, but bear with me a minute.
At his ACL Live set on the 17th, Watson, ever the traditionalist, proclaimed from the stage that he doesn’t believe in encores because "this ain’t no rock and roll band."
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Wade Bowen, at various point throughout his first-ever set at Austin club Mohawk Friday night (a club not exactly known for country acts), proclaimed his proclivity for both rock ‘n’ roll music and traditional country. And he even gave the crowd a three-song encore. One of those encore songs was also the same song Watson covered at his show ("Amarillo by Morning").
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Bowen’s latest album, "Solid Ground," throws the traditionalist, the rock ‘n’ roll band, the Tejano, the blues, the roots, the folk and the mariachi music into a blender and makes the case that country music, or at least Texas country music, is big enough to encompass all of those genres and influences.
“So Long Sixth Street,” from the corner of 10th & Red River pic.twitter.com/9W7y8w3Kl2— Jake From the Statesman (@JakeHarris4) February 24, 2018