There’s some serious talent coming out of West Virginia right now.
And today, two of the state’s finest teamed up on a new single.
Philip Bowen, a social media phenom famous for his chops on the fiddle, and Charles Wesley Godwin, who needs no introduction at this point, teamed up for a remake of Bowen’s original “Old Kanawha.”
And let me tell ya, these fellas brought the heat on this one.
Originally released as a live recording by Bowen himself back in 2020, “Old Kanawha” is an ode to the Kanawha River and the beauty of his home state.
While known for his fiddle playing, Bowen is quite the underrated songwriter as well, and this one is some of his best work. With vivid imagery permeating through his lyricism, “Old Kanawha” will take you right to the Mountain State, or at least to any special place in your mind that can be characterized by rollicking rivers and rolling hills.
And when you add Godwin’s powerful vocals to the mix, these two are unmatched.
“Yeah she’ll hold you on her back for the Fourth of July She’s got the best seats in the house to watch the fire in the sky And she’s been rolling since Creation, she don’t know how to stop She’s the lifeblood of the people, she’s the Old Kanawha”
With momentum on his side, loads of talent, and plenty of fans ready for the music, Bowen’s upcoming album is sure to be a good one, and with heavy hitters like Charles Wesley Godwin in the mix he can’t go wrong.
Old Kanawha won’t hit streaming platforms in its entirety until August 18th, but in the meantime, Bowen’s got plenty of other songs on streaming platforms, both originals and covers, to keep fans occupied. Here are a few to get you started:
“Something in the Orange” (Zach Bryan Cover)
And if you want even more Philip Bowen content, make sure to follow him on social media for a goldmine of cool covers and good music. I mean, what’s not to like about this guy?