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.”
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”).
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.
His show at Mohawk was no different, where one could hear the pounding bass and electric guitar all the way down 10th walking up to the door, and be met with a mix of clientele. Bowen played bits from his new album that promised a more diverse soundscape (“Anchor,” “Day of the Dead,” “Death, Dying and Deviled Eggs,” just to name a few) than some of his previous shows.
Throw in a cover of The Black Crowes’ “Jealous Again” and snippets of Springsteen (Bowen has said that he listened to concept albums from The Boss as an inspiration for “Solid Ground”) and Strait, and you’ve got a wide-ranging country show at a venue that is made for country acts with strong fan bases. Hopefully he comes back.
“If We Ever Make It Home”
“West Texas Rain”
“When I Woke Up Today”
“‘Til It Does”
“One Step Closer”
“So Long Sixth Street”
“Who I Am”
“Day Of The Dead”
“Jealous Again” (Black Crowes cover)
“Sun Shines On A Dreamer”
“Resurrection”/“Glory Days” mashup
“Amarillo By Morning” (George Strait cover)
“Death, Dying and Deviled Eggs”
“Fell In Love On Whiskey”