Wade Bowen undergoes successful surgery

Wade Bowen. (Courtesy photo)
Wade Bowen. (Courtesy photo)(KWTX)
Published: May. 30, 2018 at 1:46 PM CDT
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Waco’s Wade Bowen underwent successful vocal cord surgery Thursday and although he won’t be talking or singing for a few days, he will be at the annual Wade Bowen MusicFest this weekend.

“Wade's surgery was a success and the doctor was able to stop the bleeding of the vocal chords,” an update posted on Bowen’s Facebook page said.

“He will however, not be able to talk for a few days. He will be at Bowen MusicFest this weekend hanging out and leading the band for the Wade Bowen & Friends Jam portion of the evening,” the post said.

“So do us a favor ...if you want accurate information—only listen to sanctioned Wade Bowen and Bowen MusicFest socials or your trusted radio and TV outlets. Do not pay attention to the commenters on these posts when it comes to their speculation and rumors,” the post said.

Bowen said earlier this week that the surgery would prevent him from singing at the all-day concert which bears his name Sunday at Touchdown Alley outside of McLane Stadium, but wouldn’t stop him from being there, interacting with the crowd and thanking everyone for their support.

This year’s concert will feature REO Speedwagon, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jason Eady, Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band, Aaron Watson and more plus a couple of additional big acts Bowen is proud to have snagged.

“I’m pumped about everybody. For the most part all of these are really close friends,” Bowen said.

“I’m loving that Suzy Bogguss is involved this year. She’s so sweet. I love to hear Joe Nichols sing every word that he sings. I’m excited for Midland. They’re on fire right now.”

The concert benefits the Bowen Family foundation, a non-profit started by Bowen which has given away $2.5 million to the community in 20 years.

“We’ve broken our record 13 years in a row and it looks like we’re going to do it again,” Bowen said. “Every dollar raised, every single dollar stays in the Waco-area.”

Bowen says despite the bump in the road this week with surgery he looks forward to an amazing event Sunday that benefits the entire community.

“I love doing this and I love the feeling we get as a family when you’re able to hand over money,” he said. “There are a lot of people in the Waco-area that are doing a lot of good and just need the resources and the help and the money to get their jobs done."

“We’re really looking forward to it.”