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RONNIE BOWMAN

  • From King, North Carolina. Lives in Bassett, Virginia.
  • Real name: William Franklin Bowman.
  • First band: “The Carolina Travelers.” Also performed with his parents and four sisters in a group called “The Bowman Gospel Singers.”
  • Before his professional music career, had a managerial position with the Sara Lee Corporation in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • 1987, joined The Lost and Found.
  • 1990, joined the Lonesome River Band, first as guitarist, then as bass player, singing lead. He recorded several albums with this band including the landmark “Carrying the Tradition” album which won the IBMA Award for Album of the Year in 1992.
  • 1994, recorded first solo album Cold Virginia Night (Rebel Records) which won the IBMA award for Album of the Year (1995). “Cold Virginia Night” also won Song of the Year.
  • 1995, 1998, 1999, won IBMA award for “Male Vocalist of the Year.”
  • 1995, his song “The Healing Kind” was a hit for country singer Dan Seals.
  • 1998, released The Man I’m Tryin to Be album (Sugar Hill).
  • 1999, won IBMA Award for “Song of the Year” and “Gospel Recording of the Year” for his recording of “Three Rusty Nails.”
  • 2001, left the Lonesome River Band to form his own band called “Ronnie Bowman and the Committee.”
  • 2002, released Starting Over album (Sugar Hill).
  • 2003, recorded and toured with Lee Ann Womack. Also toured with Rebecca Lynn Howard and filled in for an ailing Wayne Taylor in Blue Highway.
  • 2004, his song “It’s Getting Better All The Time” became a #1 hit for Brooks and Dunn.
  • 2005, released It’s Gettin’ Better All The Time album (Koch).
  • 2007, his song “Never Wanted Nothing More” became a #1 hit for Kenny Chesney.
  • 2012, began performing with Grasstowne.
  • 2012, formed a part-time band with Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith called The Rambling Rooks.
  • 2013, worked with The Likely Culprits, a Nashville based bluegrass/Americana group.
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