Wade Bowen

Doc Roc Presents

Wade Bowen

Kaitlin Butts, Bryce Dicus & The Mercenaries

Fri Feb 16

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cain's Ballroom

Tulsa, OK

$18.00 - $33.00

This event is all ages


Adv $18
Day of Show $20

Door $20
Mezz 21+ $33

There is a $2 fee that applies to each ticket purchased at the Cain's Box Office.

No re-entry!  No smoking!  No refunds!

Support acts are subject to change without notice!

Wade Bowen
Wade Bowen
Ask Wade Bowen what distinguishes his music, and after mulling the notion for a minute, his answer is basic and direct: “Intensity.” That’s because Bowen sings and writes with passion and fervent commitment about the matters that count in life with a depth of thought and palpable emotionality that hits listeners where they live and feel. And that fervor is matched by rich melodies and lyrical and musical hooks that grab the ears and imagination and don’t let go.

It’s a talent that’s made Bowen a leading light on the thriving Texas music scene and launched him into realms beyond with a sound built upon a rock-solid country foundation that also draws inspiration from the wide spectrum of music he loves, be it rockers like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith or critically-acclaimed roots singer-songwriters like Patty Griffin and Paul Thorn or his personal musical icon Bruce Springsteen. And now with If We Ever Make It Home, Bowen delivers a tour de force collection of songs of inspiration, hope and deep feeling.
If We Ever Make It Home begins with an upbeat twist on the heartbreak song on “You Had Me At My Best,” the album’s first single. A bracing as well as touching positivism informs such songs of abiding love and emotional support as “Turn On The Lights” and “From Bad To Good,” both of them drawing from Wade and his wife Shelby’s struggle to overcome her postpartum depression. The haunting “Ghost In This Town” and the rocking “Nobody’s Fool” and the bright nightlife lights of “Missing You” offer prescriptions for overcoming departed lovers and heartache while “Trouble” and “Daddy and the Devil” offer cautionary tales about life’s temptations. The sweet first kiss of “Why Makes Perfect Sense” brings out Bowen’s romanticism, and the title track and “Somewhere Beautiful” cap the set with transcendent song prayers for peace and happiness. As its title implies, If We Ever Make It Home is a lyrical and musical journey that is as fulfilling as the end result of the destination.

“My last album, Lost Hotel, was about soul searching and finding a new direction in my life,” Bowen explains. “This record is about being happy with your life, even within all that’s going on inside and around us. It reflects my hope that there’s a better future for us all and finding a better place, a peaceful place, while the world seems as if it’s going in the other direction. It’s not a record you can listen to once and get everything it’s about.” On it, Bowen collaborates with writers like hit-maker Jim Beavers and fellow Texans Radney Foster and Randy Rogers and also ropes in numbers written by some of his favorite fellow songwriters.

Produced by J.R. Rodriguez, If We Ever Make It Home matches Bowen’s strongest set of songs yet with musical contributions by guitar stars David Grissom (known for his work with John Mellencamp and Joe Ely) and Jedd Hughes and such Music City A-plus team session players as Tom Bukovac, Kenny Greenburg, Dan Dugmore and Aubrey Haynie, as well as guest vocal appearances by acclaimed singer-songwriters Ashley Monroe on the title cut and Chris Knight on “Daddy and the Devil.” It’s music that enriches the lives and souls of those who hear it as much as it does for its creator, providing a perfect soundtrack for both Saturday night out on the town delight and Sunday morning contemplation and reflection.

Born and raised in Waco, Texas in a family that loves music, Wade Bowen’s creative imagination was captured early on by his father’s Guy Clark albums as well as his mother’s love for Elvis Presley and the mainstream country music that his sisters enjoyed. Although he wrote poetry and prose from an early age and was always singing to himself, it was sports that dominated his high school years: football, baseball, track, golf and swimming, “everything that they would let me play,” he recalls.

Given his first guitar at age nine, Bowen finally picked it up in earnest at 17 when the depth of Guy Clark’s songwriting and the work of rising Texas star Robert Earl Keen “hit me like a brick in the face.” From then on his guitar became his new best friend, and he immediately began writing his own songs. Once he hit college at Texas Tech University to study marketing, it was only natural that he followed “the old school rule of rock’n’roll — get some friends together and start a band,” as he puts it. The resulting group — dubbed West 84 for the highway Bowen traveled between home in Waco and school in Lubbock — were soon packing his fellow students into the bars, thanks to the appeal of his budding songwriting talents. By the time Bowen graduated, his band matriculated into the booming Texas music movement and quickly repeated their success across the Lone Star State.

Eventually becoming known under the banner of his own name, Bowen eschewed grabbing for the brass ring of stardom to instead build an enduring relationship with his listeners by playing some 250 shows a year, which he continues to do today. “It seemed to make much more sense and be so much more fun to me to have some success by playing on the road. It’s such a great way to do it and it shows you every aspect of a career,” he notes. “I’m a big fan of Bruce Springsteen and how he did it before he became nationally known. It’s fun to build it from ground zero and watch it grow.”

His self-released 2002 album Try Not To Listen consolidated his Texas success as its title tune went Top 10 on the Texas Music Chart. The statewide sensation generated by his live shows led the following year to The Blue Light Live, an in-concert album that spent most of the next two plus years as a Top 10 selling disc on LoneStarMusic.com, the leading online retailer in the Texas music scene. Earning Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year honors in 2004 from MyTexasMusic.com, Bowen’s burgeoning success won him a deal with Sustain Records.

With Lost Hotel in 2006, the groundswell Bowen had stroked in the Lone Star State took his single “God Bless This Town” to the top of the Texas Music Chart while its video was a Top 20 debut on CMT and spent several weeks at #1 on CMT’s Pure Country 12 Pack countdown in the company of such stars as Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley. The vibrant buzz he had started in Texas also spread further as he hit the national road on the Lee Ann Womack and Friends tour and expanded his fan base for his live appearances into the Midwest and Southeast.

Bowen’s prowess as a songwriter led to co-writing “Don’t Break My Heart Again” with Pat Green, the lead single from Green’s Top 10 Lucky Ones album, and “When It All Goes Down” with his brother-in-law Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed on the band’s Garage album. He has also collaborated as a writer with Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard — who made a cameo appearance in Bowen’s “God Bless The Town” video — and Nashville-based Texpatriate Radney Foster as well as such fellow rising stars on the Lone Star music scene as Randy Rogers, Brandon Rhyder and Bleu Edmondson. His writing talents also recently won Bowen a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music.

Living on the cusp of the Texas Hill Country in New Braunfels and now the father of two sons, Bowen is determined to stick to his guns and create music with meaning and continue to sharpen his aim for getting to the heart of any matter that inspires him personally and creatively. “I feel like what I am good at is taking something that’s in my head or that I want to write about and creating music that means something to people,” he explains. “I like for everything to not be taken for granted. But I’m also not always serious, and when I play live, I want the audience to have as good a time as I do making music for them.”

And it’s all a lifelong endeavor that’s embedded in Bowen’s heart. “I just keep doing what I am doing and stick to it,” he concludes. And in the process he brings us all back home alongside him.
Kaitlin Butts
Kaitlin Butts
Her self-proclaimed “mess” of curly red hair, and an Oklahoma-sunshine-bright smile capture attention the moment she steps on the stage. A declaration that “we’re gonna get to know each other real quick” followed by an ornery grin hints that there are stories to be told. And tell them she does, with a sound that is both fresh and original, and rich in the traditions of country music.

She tells stories about love and fun, and the joy of finding contentment exactly where you are. But, as in life, there are other stories to be told as well. She sings these songs with 50 years of heartbreak in her voice, though she is not even half that age. Her delivery is refreshingly uncontrived which is a welcome relief for those who crave the honesty and sincerity that seems to be missing from some of today’s country music. And her sometimes colorful banter keeps audiences smiling.

“Her demeanor and voice match the gentle rolling hills of Oklahoma she was raised in, though it can crack and scold just the same as the violent storms that roll across those same plains.” -Red Dirt Nation

Her debut album, Same Hell, Different Devil is the result of taking these stories down the Red-Dirt rabbit hole known as the Boohatch Studios, with legendary Red Dirt Oklahoma artist and producer, Mike McClure, and a strong showing of Oklahoma musicians who helped the 10 original songs written by Butts, along with a cover of “Gods Gonna Cut You Down” take final form.

“Same Hell, Different Devil serves as a showcase to this young ladies incredible songwriting skill and powerful vocal prowess. Exhibiting a maturity in her lyrics well beyond …her age, so many of the songs on this album will certainly leave listeners wondering which of the ghosts of songwriters past this girl has tapped into.” -Red Dirt, Blue Collar

Summer 2016 Kaitlin was awarded Best in Country for the Oklahoma Gazette AwardsTexas radio has taken notice of the music from this release, and in 2016 Kaitlin was awarded 2016 New Female Vocalist of the Year for the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards.

“The Oklahoma native has a music library of songs that are simple, exciting, and storyful. She’s honest, and she’s really good.” -Buddy Logan-Radio Texas Live/KNUE

The success of Same Hell, Different Devil has given Kaitlin the opportunity to play some of her favorite stages, both supporting her favorite artists and headlining, as well as joining several festival lineups. Gruene Hall with Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, Fort Worth’s Live Oak with Courtney Patton and Jason Eady, Dosey Doe with Parker McCollum, OKC Myriad Gardens with John Fullbright, Cheatham Street Warehouse, Blue Light Live. She has also supported Aaron Watson, Wade Bowen, Bart Crow, and Zane Williams. She has enjoyed playing Texas Red Dirt Radio Show (TXRDR) several times hosted by Justin Frazell.

A musical friendship with Lubbock artist Dalton Domino led to an opportunity to perform on Lubbock band, Flatland Cavalry’s debut album, Humble Folks, featured on their song “A Life Where We Work Out” which debuted at #2 on iTunes.

Fall 2016 has some great things in store, such as 95.9 The Ranch’s Ranch Bash, Josh Abbott Fest, Turnpike Troubadour/Jason Boland produced Medicine Stone Festival, Larry Joe Taylor’s Rhymes and Vines. In December of 2016, she’ll be heading to Ireland for the Red Dirt Pub Crawl, featuring Shane Smith and the Saints, Flatland Cavalry’s Cleto Cordero, Rich O’Toole and many more. 2016 is going to come to an end with a bang as she, along with Flatland Cavalry, ring in the New Year on the historic Cain’s Ballroom stage with the Turnpike Troubadours. Catch her out on the roads of Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond along with her beloved road dog (and star of her “Gal Like Me” live video) Hank, happily riding shotgun.
Bryce Dicus & The Mercenaries
Bryce Dicus & The Mercenaries
Bryce Dicus is an Oklahoma boy making his way into the Texas music scene. When Bryce was just 13, his grandfather bought him his first guitar and Bryce has been in love with music ever since. Bryce started playing for church and now has played on stages such as, the legendary Cain's Ballroom and Cheatham Street Warehouse. Heavily influenced by the likes of Cody Johnson, James Lann, Haggard and Akins: Bryce has developed a sound suited for Texas Red Dirt with the soul of 90's classic country.

Bryce and the Mercs are currently working on their sophomore album and you can catch them on the road in states all across the south and mid-west.
Venue Information:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St.
Tulsa, OK, 74103
http://www.cainsballroom.com