In an age when it seems that 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,” with Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen, IBMA Album of the Year for Souvenirs with Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen and IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year with David Parmley and Continental Divide.
Another creative outlet for Bowen is his pursuit of acting and he has been cast for various series, dramas, and commercials all while working with some of the biggest names in television.
On the horizon for this hard-working artist is 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! Every time we get to chat with Jimmy is a delight, so we jumped at the opportunity for him to join us for a Rapid Fire Round Interview.
If you were a musical instrument, which one would you be?
If I were an instrument it would be a saxophone. I think the are the coolest sounding instruments.
What is your favorite television show/movie?
My favorite TV show is “The Andy Griffith Show”
What’s your most or least favorite thing about being on the road?
Most favorite on the road is meeting and seeing different places. We get to perform, see and meet all types of people from all different walks of life. The least favorite is “DEAD TIME” . I am not one to sit idle and have several hours between things that I am doing. I like to get things done then move on.
Which of your songs gets the best crowd response?
The song that gets the best response is “Early Morning Rain”. Cool tune written by Gordon Lightfoot.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
My favorite thing to do when I am off is “Fly”. I got a private pilot license about a year ago and love to fly. Flying my own plane at 8- 10 feet is the coolest and stress free feeling you can have, of coarse, when it is a calm day!
If you had to choose between a private plane or your own yacht, which would you choose?
I would choose my own private plane over a yacht. I love the water, but I yacht is to big to ski or go tubing behind. Flying is exciting in so many ways.. You get to see the world from a totally different view.
What is the most memorable thing a fan has done for you?
Most memorable thing a fan did for me, was a gentleman in Norway when we performed in Europe. He could only speak Norwegian. I made me a hand carved plate, (like a dinner plate), hand painted it, and all around the plate had spelled out the date, time, city, and music festival we had performed at while in Norway. My name was written in English but he misspelled my name. He was so upset that he did that and as he showed me the gift he had made and given to me, a tear was coming down his face. He stood about 6’5 and was a mountain of a man, but he reached down and gave me a hug and shook my hand, because I told him, ” it was an honor to have such a gift and the misspelled name did not bother me. I still have this gift today displayed in my music room and I will always treasure what the gentlemen gave to me. I also told him, in a funny kind of way, that if I had done the work there is NO WAY I could have spelled anything correctly in Norwegian!! He only misspelled my name by 1 letter. Such a genuine experience for me to have such a fan in Europe.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
I weren’t a musician, I believe being an uncover narcotics agent would be so COOL!!!! If anybody has seen me, they would think I have the look!
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Most people would be surprise to know and they find it to unexpected that I am a musician and accountant and I minor in Law. Also my look is very surprising that I went to a military college, The Citadel, and was trained to be an officer in the US Marine Corp.
Where do you turn for inspiration or comfort when life in the industry gets overwhelming?
My inspiration is my wife. She is grounded, level headed, and doesn’t really get excited until something happens. I am to quick to jump on something, go for it and fall on my face. She keeps me grounded and tells me the way it is even if it does look good or bad.
To keep up with Jimmy Bowen, visit his Facebook page.