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Wade Bowen Talks Depression and Tragic Year in New Documentary

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In a short film release shared on the Wade Bowen YouTube channel, “Inconsistent Chaos” is a first-hand account of the toughest year of the singer’s life, 2018. Filmed in the Texas Hill Country, it features details on Bowen’s forced sabbatical from singing as a result of hemorrhaging vocal cords, together with the tragic suicide of his family member and stage manager on Father’s Day.

Gearing up for 2018, Bowen was fully prepared to celebrate his second decade as a full-time act in the Texas country music scene. His “Solid Ground” LP had just been released, and although all signs were pointing toward consistent success. This 17-minute film reveals how the 42-year-old had his life turned on its axis with recurring blood found in his vocal cords, pending surgery, a three-month sabbatical, and the loss of Chase Cavender, his nephew and stage manager.

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“Inconsistent Chaos” put the artist under a microscope with a look at how 2018 brought Bowen and his band nearly to the brink. The events of that year can only be defined as raw, at best. The YouTube video caption states: “In 2018, singer Wade Bowen lost his voice and a friend…….Hemorrhaging vocal chords silenced Bowen for 3 months of 2018 right after releasing his latest album ‘Solid Ground’. During that time… he was scared, he was sad, he was broke…..Right after having surgery to repair his throat, and still unable to work, the unthinkable happened ….. a close family member / crew member took his own life …. on Fathers Day. This is a story about the fragility of life and the importance of mental health.”

With an openness, honesty, and purity that can only come from experiencing turbulent times, Bowen released the video in an effort to help others see hope beyond a rough patch in life. Despite having fame, you’re not shielded from life’s tragedies. The singer successfully returned to touring late in 2018, and his release of “Solid Ground” anchors his schedule which is taking him to Lubbock on August 31, 2019, before heading out-of-state for 10 shows. He’ll return to Texas for his September 21 performance at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth.