BOwman, bowman and drÉ
When Ronnie Bowman, Garnet Bowman and Dré Anders sang together for the first time last year at DelFest, it was a perfect fit- for them and the audience…so, the McCoury family festival can take credit for launching another new group. A vocal trio, featuring Ronnie, the hit songwriter and former lead singer of The Lonesome River Band, Garnet, his partner in life and in demand Nashville session singer, and Dré, Swedish born, folk singer and founder/lead vocalist of Dré and The Collective. Together, their harmonies evoke the folk music of the 70's...peace, love, and songs with something to say.
From the age of three, Ronnie Bowman has been performing music. Starting in a family band, he eventually joined the acclaimed Bluegrass band The Lost & Found. From there, Ronnie moved to The Lonesome River Band, joining the band to record of "Carrying the Tradition"; (IBMA) Album of the Year in 1991. As a member of the Lonesome River Band, Ronnie was awarded IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year three times, twice honored with the IBMA’s Song of the Year award ("Three Rusty Nails", and "Cold Virginia Night"), and was awarded the Gospel Performance of the Year award for "Three Rusty Nails". As a songwriter Ronnie’s spent a lot of time at the top of the charts, penning hits for Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack and recently Chris Stapleton's single "Nobody To Blame" for which he won the ACM "Song of the Year".
Garnet Bowman also has her roots in the church. She started her music career in Nashville as a session singer, and quickly became a “go to” for top country producers and artists alike. She has worked with Buddy Cannon, Byron Gallimore and Don Cook to name a few. Her vocals have been heard in the company of countless artists for studio projects and live shows, including Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley and more. In the last few years she has exclusively sung and traveled with her favorite singer, Ronnie.
Born in Sweden and now a Permanent Resident of the US, Dré Anders is a product of a very famous musical family: parents graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, father honored with a postage stamp. The family toured in churches and summer festivals all over the world into her late teens. So, for someone who started singing at age 3 in the church, she certainly chose an odd career path for the better part of the next two decades...pushing her brothers out of the creative nest (including Adam Anders- music producer for Glee), joining a pop group in LA, experimenting with Blues and Rock, vocal producer and arranger for various Indie projects, a catalyst for the launch of the critically acclaimed Travelin’ McCourys, and most recently founder and leader of Dré and the Collective, landing her a number one hit on the Indie charts in Sweden.