Hendersonville, Tennessee

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John R. Bowman has a long and impressive list of credentials as a musician, singer, and preacher. John started his career in 1991 with bluegrass legend, Doyle Lawson, as his tenor singer and guitarist. After recording four cds and touring with Quicksilver for nearly two years, CMA female vocalist of the year, Alison Krauss, hired John, as her guitarist, for her now infamous band, Union Station. Bowman toured extensively over a year with Krauss until 1994 when he joined gospel legends, The Isaacs. John spent 12 years traveling all over the world with the Isaacs. During this time in 1997, Bowman answered the call to preach. He earned an exhorter’s license through the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. He has preached in numerous services and revivals over the last 15 years.

In addition to his role as guitarist, banjoist, and fiddle player with the Isaacs, Bowman was commissioned as guitarist/instrumentalist for the Gaither Vocal Band and the Gaither Homecoming tour in 2005. He, along with the Isaacs, are regulars on the Gaither Homecoming videos. In 2006 Bowman left the road to teach at a local Christian School in La Follette, Tennessee. He taught there for 5 years. During this period, 2007-2009, Bowman worked with banjo great, J.D. Crowe, as his bass player and vocalist. John worked with Crowe and the New South for nearly two years.

In November of 2009, Bowman along with Adam Steffey, Ronnie Stewart, Harold Nixon, and Keith Garrett formed the IBMA award winning group, The Boxcars. The group has enjoyed much success in their 3 years of touring, recording 3 cds for the Mountain Home label.

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In 2010, Bowman released a tribute cd to his father-in-law, Joe Isaacs. The project entitled, “Family Chain: The Songs of Joe Isaacs,” was nominated for a Dove award. Kyle Cantrell of Sirius XM’s, “Bluegrass Junction,” said that the project was one of the most requested and played cds on the channel’s “Gospel Train.” The project still remains one of the top “spins” on the channel.

Another highlight of 2010, was when Bowman earned a degree in Christian ministries through Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana through the Hopper Foundation.

Bowman has recorded 7 solo projects over the span of 24 years. His newest cd, “The Hole,” is now available through this website and on iTunes. It is a 6 song ep which features 5 Gospel songs and 1 bluegrass style song. It also features some of the finest pickers and singers on the planet: Kelly Back, Aubrey Haynie, Ben Isaacs, Gordon Mote, Mike Rogers, and Josh Swift. 

After 22 years of traveling with some of the world’s greatest bluegrass and bluegrass gospel bands, Dove Nominations and awards, and a Grammy nomination, Bowman will be booking dates as a solo artist and evangelist. Please contact him on this website to schedule an appointment. 

Jun
17
Wed
12:36 am Israel Trip! 6/17 thru 6/27
Israel Trip! 6/17 thru 6/27
Jun 17 @ 12:36 am – Jun 27 @ 1:36 am
This will be my 8th trip to Israel. The Isaacs, Karen Peck and New River, The Bowling Family, and Tim Menzies will be singing and preaching on the trip. Please contact me if you are[...]
Oct
10
Sat
12:00 pm Singing at Creekside Fellowship, Ca... @ Creekside Fellowship
Singing at Creekside Fellowship, Ca... @ Creekside Fellowship
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This is a wonderful day to come out and hear some great Gospel groups. Line-up to follow soon. Make your plans to be with us. 
Oct
16
Fri
5:00 pm Bloomin’ Bluegrass in Farmer’s ... @ Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival
Bloomin’ Bluegrass in Farmer’s ... @ Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm
An incredible lineup for one of the nation’s best bluegrass festivals. Always a privilege to pick with Texas and Tennessee. We will be playing at 5 on Friday and 1 on Saturday. 
Oct
17
Sat
6:00 pm Charity Freewill Baptist in Lucasvi...
Charity Freewill Baptist in Lucasvi...
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We had a wonderful time in 2019! We are going to have a great time of music and worship in 2020. Come be with us!