Dwayne "Wimpy" Bowden

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The stories are told by the words of the songs, and music is the key...

-Dwayne Bowden. "Chill."
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Dwayne “Wimpy” Bowden is a vocalist, songwriter and plays acoustic, bass, and electric guitar. Receiving a Harmony Rocket Acoustic guitar for Christmas at the age of 9 started his love affair with the instrument. By the age of 12, Dwayne had taught himself to play guitar by observing the other boys in the neighborhood playing. He picked up chords and charted them in a notebook as he went along.


Four important albums which helped to shape his future musical career were: 


Elvis “Blue Hawaii”

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs "Best of"

Herman’s Hermits "Greatest Hits"

The Animals "Greatest Hits"


He played with various groups throughout his middle and high school years, mostly concentrating on his love for rock ‘n roll. They played local school “sock hops”, YMCA, March of Dimes dances and at local military base events.


Some of the groups included:

“The Bad Habits”

“Soul Congress”

“The Population Explosion”

“The Fabulous Four Corners”


Dwayne lived and played in local venues around the Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL and Athens, GA from 1973 until 1975. He returned home to Albany, GA in winter 1975. Shortly after which, he joined the group “Tempra” along with his late brother Ricky, who played the drums. The group toured extensively across the Southeastern United States.


After leaving “Tempra”, Dwayne joined the group “The Still Alive Band”. The group toured the country and recorded in Nashville, TN until late 1977. The group disbanded and some of the members formed a new band. “Messenger” included two members from "The Still Alive Band" with some new members. Dwayne purchased his first 12 string acoustic guitar after the formation of ”Messenger”. {The 12 string acoustic guitar was made famous by Roger McQuinn of the “Byrd’s” and referenced in a song by David Allen Coe in “Waylon, Willie and Me”}. The band toured the country and recorded until late 1980.


“The Still Alive Band” and “Messenger” opened for many well known groups while Dwayne was with them.


Some of them include: 

“Mother’s Finest”

“Head East”

“Sea Level”

“Sugarloaf” 


When “Messenger” split, Dwayne’s interests became more in the country genre. Following the signs of the times to include “Urban Cowboy” music and the opening of a large country nightclub in Albany, GA. He played happy hour at “Banana’s” nightclub along with many other local musicians. He also formed a group during this period of time called “Wilderness” who opened for Mickey Gilley at the Silver Saddle nightclub in Albany, GA. In 1983 he, along with a musical partner, entered a local talent contest and won a cash prize and a recording contract. He released his first single, “The Early Morning Blues” that same year. After the release of the record Dwayne joined a band named “Mariah” and they played local establishments before taking a house band position in Palmetto, FL. 


In 1988, Dwayne recognized his musical talent as a gift from God and turned over his career interest for the glorification of his Lord. To date, Dwayne enjoys a well rounded repertoire of music styles that includes rock, country, R&B and contemporary Christian. Dwayne was the founder of the original "Messenger" band that toured the US back in the late 70's and early 80's. 


Along with his love for music and sharing the gift that God has given him, Dwayne also has an enormous love for the elderly. After leaving the road and returning home, he took a position as an orderly at a local nursing facility. "I never knew either of my grandfathers, and suddenly I had a whole bunch of them to get to know and I guess I just fell in love with the concept of helping them and taking care of them!"


In 1988, at the age of 40, Dwayne went back to school and received a diploma in Licensed Practical Nursing. After 20 years of working in the medical field, largely in the geriatric and special care facilities, he retired.


Today he continues to visit nursing homes as a volunteer, and to perform for the residents. He has also recently started performing again as a solo artist and working with several local bands.