Review: ‘Where Phones Don’t Work’ – Wade Bowen

Bowen’s latest six-track EP, ‘Where Phones Don’t Work’ is one of the most underrated records to come out of 2021. To our ears, it is one of the most heartfelt and raw collections we heard last year and a really strong EP from the Texas-raised country star. His raspy vocals are full of honesty as he delivers songs about love and his home-state.

From the catchy ‘Where We Call Home’ to the melodic hooks of ‘When Love Comes Around’ it’s sure to have your foot tapping along before the record is finished. My favourite track is ‘The Last Town In Texas’, the lovesick song with it’s swooning pedal steel tugs at the heartstrings. Bowen teams up with some esteemed writers to deliver this record, the likes of Eric Paslay, Rhett Akins and Steve Earle all make their mark on this brilliant record that is full of uplifting tunes derived from Bowen’s period of reflection over the last year or so during the pandemic.

A mention must be given to producer Paul Moak who has helped to bring these songs to life and capture the passion Bowen first crafted them with. 

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