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Posted on: March 22, 2019

Entertainment Announcement for the 2019 Bloomin’ Temple Festival

Waco native Wade Bowen began recording his latest album, Solid Ground with the intent of making the artistic statement of his career – a high bar considering the twenty years of success he’s enjoyed – but as his personal odometer rolled over into his fourth decade, his focus is more on legacy than next Saturday night.

Solid Ground is personal but not necessarily autobiographical, peppered with distinct south-of-the-border imagery of “Acuna,” and the nostalgic reflection of “So Long Sixth Street.” Rolling Stone spoke well of “Day of the Dead,” noting “the mariachi influence, with accordion, Spanish guitar and a horn section augmenting Bowen's more familiar Red Dirt shuffle.” The combination is Bowen’s signature - Texas flavor strongly spicing his mix of country, blues, rock and Americana.

The most demanding writing and recording experience of his career has captured a singular creative period and created a cohesive album. Bowen said contemporaries like Jack Ingram, who appears on the record, are quick to lend a hand in the studio or to appear at fundraising live music jams for the Bowen Family Foundation that have raised more than $2.5 million for family and children’s charities throughout Texas.

With Solid Ground, Bowen has made his clearest statement. It’s the one that took him 40 years to make, and the wait and hard work to get there has been worth it.

The 2019 Bloomin’ Temple Festival will be held at the Martin Luther King Festival Grounds located at 301 South 4th Street in downtown Temple. The festival, held Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th, will feature entertainment on two musical stages featuring acts in R&B, Rock, Tejano, Red Dirt, and Country Music, a Kid’s Zone, carnival, arts & crafts vendors, food and much more!

Additional artist announcements will be made in the coming days. Please visit for the latest festival news and information. For additional information on Wade Bowen, please visit, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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