by Wade Bowen
Released: May 2012
Label: Sea Gayle Records/BNA Records
Wade Bowen, a veteran of the Red Dirt circuit, has stepped a bit outside his Texas bubble with the release of The Given. Packed with slow-to-mid-tempo songs about love and heartbreak, the writing is smart and emotive: "All That's Left" touches on the indelible impressions lost loves leave on us, while "On My Way to Wonderful" celebrates finally finding the right partner. Picking up the pace, "Patch of Bad Weather" and the rockin' "Beat Me Down" are infectious jams that add a bit of fun-lovin' hell-raising to the mix.