Bluegrass Outlaw Opens up About Career
The Past, Present and Future of Jimmy Bowen
Nashville, Tenn.- In an age when it seems technology has taken the place of talent, it is both reassuring and refreshing to see a seasoned artist who continues to have a stronghold in the music industry. Jimmy Bowen has been creating music for more than three decades and , thankfully, has even bigger plans for the future.
Bowen’s impressive tenure in Bluegrass music includes eight years with Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen and more than four years with David Parmley and Continental Divide. While traveling with these renowned groups, Bowen also earned multiple awards. These include IBMA Song of the Year (“Waltz of the Angels,” Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen), IBMA Album of the Year (Souvenirs, Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen), and IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year (David Parmley and Continental Divide).
After a successful run with some of the most well-known names in Bluegrass, Bowen started his own band, Santa Fe, and has continued traveling the world. After releasing an Americana album, Santa Fe boasts its first number one single in Ireland, (“Love Will Keep us Alive”). Efforts are underway to release a follow-up to this very successful single. Bowen has also had the opportunity to perform with other recognized talents such as the late Little Jimmy Dickens, John Conley, Josh Turner, and Mel Tillis. Currently, Bowen travels with and opens for Earl Thomas Conley and Eddie Raven. Acting has also begun to be a creative outlet for Bowen as he has been cast for various series, dramas, and commercials all while working with some of the biggest names in television.
So what is in store for this multi-faceted artist? According to Bowen, he will continue to perform Bluegrass as well as Americana and Electric material. “I have actually really enjoyed all the acting work,” Bowen commented. “I’m going to continue with that as well as a lot more music.” On the horizon for this hard-working artist is a live recorded performance featuring both Bluegrass and Americana material with special guest Earl Thomas Conley. Bowen is confident that this will be his best project yet, “Since I quit smoking, my voice sounds better than ever. I am so excited for this project because it’s going to be so different but also so personal.” A tentative release date has been set for late, 2015. Bowen also announced he is currently working with various venues to establish a live streaming internet show and possibly a music television show. “Creating my own ‘show’ has always been a dream of mine,” said Bowen, “and I’m doing it online so that everyone in the world can access it.” More details on this project coming soon.