If you ask Bodie Powell where he was born he'll tell you Nashville, TN, but that he got to Texas as fast as he could. He grew up in Music City but once he started touring Texas he knew that was where he was meant to be.
Bodie has been around country music all of his life. In his early years, Opry stars Ernie Ashworth and Red Sovine were his neighbors and their children were his playmates. Many times he accompanied his friends to the concerts where the country music greats performed. It wasn't long before Bodie knew that this was what he wanted to learn how to do, so his parents bought him a guitar and he formed a band with his friends. Straight out of high school, he started touring all over the U.S. and Canada, playing bass and fronting for different stars of the day, including Dave Dudley, Razzy Bailey, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Wanda Jackson, and Susan Raye.
Bodie started seeing a lot of the Lone Star State and its people. He soon began to love Texas. On one of these tours through Texas he met Donna, who would become his wife, best friend and favorite songwriting partner. There was no doubt in Bodie's mind that Texas was more accepting of the style of music he wanted to play, so he and Donna decided to settle in Texas. Work was abundant in house jobs and short tours that were less demanding and hectic.
However, calls from Nashville artists didn't stop coming. One day Billy Walker called and wanted Bodie to front his band and perform in the Grand Ol' Opry. So back to Nashville it was. From Billy he went on to join Little Jimmy Dickens and eventually wound up with country legend Johnny Cash. After Johnny decided to go into semi-retirement it was time to head back home to Texas. Fort Worth would become home and still is to this day. After he moved back to Texas, Bodie and his band became the house band at The World's Largest Honkey Tonk, Billy Bob's Texas. During those years, he released his first CD, filled with original songs. Some of these songs are still being played on Texas radio stations today.
Bodie's second CD came out 3 years later and received a great amount of radio airplay, and his third CD, 4104, was released in 2003.
Information from the artist's site
Ernie Ashworth, Red Sovine