Richard Bowden Bio & Discography
Richard Bowden started his musical career in High School in Linden, TX, in 1963 with childhood friend and fellow band mate Don Henley of Eagle’s fame. As the ‘60s band named Felicity, they became one of the most popular bands on the Texas college fraternity and club circuit before changing their name to Shiloh and heading to Los Angeles in 1970. After recording one album and having a regional hit single, the band broke up in order exit an undesirable management deal and three of the members, Richard, cousin Mike Bowden and Don Henley, joined Linda Ronstadt’s backup band.
In Richard’s 12 year stint in L.A. he recorded and/or performed as a lead guitarist with Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Rivers, The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, The Flying Burrito Bros., Doug Kershaw, Johnny Rodriguez and Commander Cody, to name some notables. In 1980 he experienced moderate success with his own new band Blue Steel, recording two major label albums and serving as the opening act on the Eagles’ Long Run tour.
Moving from L.A. to Nashville in 1982, Richard co-founded the musical comedy team of Pinkard and Bowden, releasing five albums for Warner Bros. Records and making many appearances on the Nashville Network and other cable and network TV shows. Their Top 30 hit, “Mama, She’s Lazy,” sold more singles than the average #1 record according to Warner Bros. officials. The two were frequent guests on all the nation’s top morning radio shows. His musical comedy can still be heard regularly on the Big Show with Johnboy and Billy, The Bob & Tom Show, and Sirius/XM Radio’s comedy channels. For 16 years the duo played comedy clubs across America and opened concerts for acts such as Hank Williams, Jr., Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Neil Young (at Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium), Don Henley and many others.
Retiring the act in 1998, Richard returned to Linden, Texas, where he spearheaded the development of the Music City Texas Theater (www.musiccitytexas.org). To establish regularity with the opening of the theater in 2003, he and his newest band Moon and the Starz performed there on the first Saturday of each month for the first few years, finally relinquishing their spot to bring in more acts. Now, the theater continues to bring in nationally known entertainers such as Jackson Browne, Don Henley (solo band) Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Michael Martin Murphey, Riders In The Sky, Asleep At The Wheel, and has even hosted country legends Merle Haggard and George Jones.
From Rock & Roll to Country Comedy, Bowden’s colorful career placed him on several iconic TV music shows including Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, the TV pilot for long running series The Midnight Special, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, The Grand Ol’ Opry and Hee Haw. He says proudly, “I guess Hee Haw was the most fun because I got to “SALUTE” Linden, TX, from the cornfield. On the others I just sang and played music.” No longer touring but playing occasionally with his two musical acts, Moon and the Starz and The Bowden/Early Experience, Richard retired in 2013 from serving as executive director of the Music City Texas Theater in Linden.
Also a talented artist, Richard has recently rekindled his love for the drawing pad and, in the last couple of years, has won awards for his artwork at area art shows. A patented inventor, Richard has opened an Internet business offering several models of one of his inventions, a guitar string bender, for purchase from this website.
Throughout Bowden's career as performing artist he has had the opportunity to be the voice for advertising various products and events. Below are a few examples:
Bowden B Benders
Non-Defacing, Affordable String Benders For Electric and Acoustic Guitars