Texas Broadcasting Centennial Celebration
August 3, 2021 – 4:45 PM
Location: 4th Fl., Ballroom 8
Sarah Frazier, Audacy Houston
Doug Harris, TXRHoF
Caroline Devine, TXRHoF
Muriel Funches, TXRHoF
Gil Garcia, TXRHoF
Harold Gunn, TXRHoF
Josh Holstead, TXRHoF
Bill Tatar, TXRHoF
Dan Halyburton, TXRHoF
Glen Ivey, TXRHoF
Sponsor(s): XPERI, Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)
Categories: Radio, Television, Managers
The Texas airwaves lit up 100 hundred years ago and changed the Lone Star State forever!
Join us as we celebrate the sounds, images and cultural milestones that defined the state as ushered in by legendary Radio programmers, hard-nosed journalists and the musical artists who shot to stardom across America.
BMI is bringing Wade Bowen to do a special performance at the event!
An artistic descendant of American icons like Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and more, Bowen is another link in a Texan chain of roots-rock poets stretching back more than 50 years – but his ambition never ended at the state line.
“I will carry that flag proudly,” Bowen says of his Red-Dirt distinction. “But I’ve always said I’m not a ‘Texas artist,’ I’m an artist from Texas, and I think there’s a difference.”
Seen as one of the genre’s finest and most authentic modern voices, Bowen’s approach stays rooted in tradition, but also stands on the creative cutting edge. His focus remains on writing unique songs with a literary quality, and shifting his sonic territory to match his life.
Wielding a knack for direct, poetic songwriting that never panders, Bowen matches his gravel-road growl to an organic sound spanning the whole of Texas, tapping both country and rock influences. A dozen albums have shown his sonic diversity – including six studio sets, two live collections, a gospel album and an ongoing series of buddy-country hits with fellow Texan, Randy Rogers.
Along the way, he’s scored hits and accolades based on quality, not quantity, and continues to perform around 200 nationwide shows each year – including multiple appearances on the venerated Grand Ole Opry.