Born in North Carolina, Ronnie Bowman has made his name as a bluegrass singer and composer, playing and writing with some of the best names in country.
Early Start in Gospel
Like many southern artists, Ronnie Bowman's music career started with that old time religion. Alongside his four sisters, the young boy (he was three years old when he first performed) sang and played worship music throughout south-central Appalachia. What started as a way to bond with his sharecropping parents quickly turned into a career opportunity when the boy discovered he could earn a few quarters for a tune.
Bowman first started writing songs for his mother, Hazel, at age 14. That first little hymn inspired the teen to keep writing and eventually join The Lost and Found Band in 1988.
Collaborations and Projects
Bowman stays active as a songwriter, composer, and producer. Out of the dozens of artists he has worked with, some of the most notable are Chris Stapleton ("Outlaw State of Mind" and "Nobody to Blame" being examples of Bowman's work), Marcus King (for whom Bowman wrote "The Well"), and Kenny Chesney (Bowman wrote "Never Wanted Nothing More").
Ronnie Bowman has also been a member of a few bands over the course of his career. From 1990 to 2001, he was a member of the Lonesome River Band — during Bowman's tenure, they released four albums. Nowadays, Bowman plays with his own band, The Committee, as well as a Nashville group called The Likely Culprits, and bluegrass four-piece, Band of Ruhks.
Though he doesn't have as iconic a voice as Chris Stapleton (a fact which he readily admits), "God made [him] Ronnie Bowman" and he certainly makes the best of it. His discography and producing credits reflect his southern origins through their styles and topics — whether that be as a solo artist, instrumentalist, or songwriter.