NORMAN WADE MUSIC
"We have a rarity in Wade’s understated, tartly expressive vocal style similar to George Jones or Hank but imitates neither” and “if there were more REAL COUNTRY singers like Norman Wade, I’d be a lot less cynical about the records I get from the rest.”
Rich Kienzle – Record Reviews – Country Music Magazine.
Teenager Norman Wade, who spent his boyhood between his birthplace, Columbus, GA and Marianna, FL slipped into the honky tonks of both areas to sing his music before he was even sixteen. Soon he was appearing at the NCO Club at Fort Benning with the likes of Johnny Barfield, Speck and Doyle Wright and the Dixie Playboys (Columbus Stockade Blues). “They taught me a lot,” says Norman, now one of the biggest selling independent country artists worldwide.
At seventeen, he made his way to Nashville running errands for stars at the Opry. One Saturday afternoon he saw someone playing a steel guitar in a dressing room and the stranger asked him if he would play some accompaniment on a guitar there. “I did some Acuff, Marty, Hank, Lefty and Carl Smith because it seemed the man liked playing the different styles”. Before Norman left, the stranger handed him an address and asked him to be there Monday morning. Much to his surprise, Norman found out that the steel guitarist was the one and only Marty Robbins who had been so impressed with the young boy’s straight from the heart, pure country sound, that he hired him on the spot making him his protégé. He worked with Marty lending a hand or a voice for Marty’s publishing business and performed in his shows for three years. Norman later performed on stage during Marty’s portion of the Grand Old Opry. Later Norman joined the United States Army and then the Merchant Marines and he is a proud Viet Nam Veteran.
Upon his return to Nashville in 1978, the young Norman recorded Close Every Honky Tonk, which became one of the most requested songs in Louisiana selling over 250,000 records. Norman, whose French mother was from North Florida’s Cajun area, worked with a lot of the Louisiana Cajun bands and the influence of that heritage is apparent in his performances today. He has been a guest on the Ernest Tubb Record Shop and has appeared on the Grand Old Opry many times. He counts the time his late father sat in the Opry audience as one of his most memorable experiences. When he asked his dad what he thought of the show, he said, “You looked tall, boy.”
Norman, a lifetime member of the Jimmy Rogers Hall of Fame in Mississippi, has fans throughout the world. In the late Eighties, he released his albums North to Alaska, From Nashville to You and later his mega hit, Blue House Painted White and in the late Nineties “For A Minute There” for Associated Artists. Norman, who has worked with many of the traditional country artists here in the United States credits much of his overseas popularity to country promoter Howard Vokes. A review of Norman in Country Music Magazine reads, “We have a rarity in Wade’s understated, tartly expressive vocal style similar to George Jones or Hank but imitates neither” - and “if there were more REAL COUNTRY singers like Norman Wade, I’d be a lot less cynical about the records I get from the rest.” Rich Kienzle / Record Reviews, Country Music Magazine.
NORMAN WADE MUSIC