Wade Bowen Feels ‘Revived’ With Release Of New Album, ‘Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth’

The 12-track project features duets with Lori McKenna and Vince Gill.


Lauren Jo Black

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August 12, 2022


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Wade Bowen; Photo by David McClister

Wade Bowen just released his highly-anticipated new album, Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth (via Thirty Tigers), a 12-track project written by Bowen alongside some of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters. 

Bowen, who has been releasing music for over two decades, continues to push himself as an artist, songwriter, and storyteller throughout the project. 

He says the making of Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth was an eye-opening process for him as he found himself falling in love with music all over again. 

“It feels like I’m renewing my vows,” he admits. “I love waking up knowing what my purpose is, what my direction is, and also feeling like there’s so much more left to do… I feel revived.”

The release of the album marks the beginning of a new chapter for Bowen, who was sidelined by vocal surgery in 2018 and was still recovering when the world shut down in 2020. 

With live music back in full swing and a newfound spark for writing and recording music, Bowen took on the role of sole producer for the project for the first time. He found inspiration in the ‘80s and ‘90s country music he loved and created a sound that was made for a live atmosphere. 

Bowen also co-wrote every track alongside an impressive list of Nashville mainstays, like Lori McKenna, Heather Morgan, Eric Paslay, Randy Montana, and Ray Fulcher. 

“I wanted to make sure we didn’t overthink these songs,” Bowen explains. “There’s not a bunch of minor chords or eerie, intensity-driven stuff – even though I’ve always had a lot of pride in those moments in the past. This record is written simply and that’s on purpose, to have enough space to be big and for the band to go somewhere with it.”

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He covers a lot of ground on the project and admits some of the songs were inspired by the events that unfolded over the past few years. For example, “A Beautiful World,” written with and featuring GRAMMY winner Lori McKenna, came to life after Bowen found himself distraught over the constant negativity in the news and online.  

“I was just so tired,” he admits. “Everywhere you turned – TV, social media – everything was always so negative. It was always like ‘What a rough spot our country is in! We’re all against each other! There are so many bad things happening!’ No one was talking about anything good. My original idea was ‘I wish everyone would quit trying to change the world, because it’s actually a beautiful place.’ And really, the world could be a much better place, if we just choose to look at it that way.”

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Another standout is “A Guitar, A Singer and A Song,” featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. Also co-written by Bowen and McKenna, the lyrics find the artists wondering over the legacy that they’ll leave behind. 

“We don’t think about it a whole lot until we get a couple decades into our career,” Bowen says. “‘Have I done enough that people will remember me?’

“For me, I’m at a spot where I really feel like these songs are the songs I want to play – more than anything I’ve ever done,” he continues. “I’m just smiling more. I feel like I’m in a really good zone right now. And I’m ready to roll.”

Wade Bowen will take his new music on the road this fall with dates planned through the end of the year. Fans can visit his official website for details on upcoming tour dates and tickets. 

Wade Bowen - Somewhere Between The Secret and The Truth
Wade Bowen – Somewhere Between The Secret and The Truth

Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth Track List

1. Everything Has Your Memory (Wade Bowen, Eric Paslay, Heather Morgan)

2. Burnin’ Both Ends of the Bar (Wade Bowen, Randy Montana)

3. Honky Tonk Roll (Wade Bowen, Randy Montana)

4. The Secret To This Town (Wade Bowen, Heather Morgan)

5. If You Don’t Miss Me (Wade Bowen, Ray Fulcher)

6. A Beautiful World featuring Lori McKenna (Wade Bowen, Lori McKenna)

7. She’s Driving Me Crazy (Wade Bowen, Eric Paslay, Heather Morgan)

8. Knowing Me Like I Do (Wade Bowen, Clint Ingersoll)

9. It’s Gonna Hurt (Wade Bowen, Drew Kennedy)

10. Say Goodbye (Wade Bowen, Eric Paslay, Heather Morgan)

11. A Guitar, A Singer and A Song featuring Vince Gill (Wade Bowen, Lori McKenna)

12. Somewhere Between The Secret and The Truth (Wade Bowen, Lori McKenna)

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.