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M. Ward Stays True To His Roots


By: Sarshar Hossiennia
With this imminent release titled Post-War, M. Ward will be touring the U.S. and Canada. He'll start with concerts in Seattle and Vancouver, and conclude with a night at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, Oregon, a city where Ward first cut his musical teeth.

M. Ward (or Matt Ward) is a singer/songwriter out of San Luis Obispo, California and specialises in Americana-folk, country and blues. He's currently with Merge Records. His sound can be compared to early Bruce Springsteen, a melancholy sadness, with a Badly Drawn Boy rush to it. His lyrics are not-unlike something from Bob Dylan.

Formerly a member of indie-trio, Rodriguez, Ward went solo in 1998, releasing Duet for Guitars #2. Now eight years on, M. Ward is back, and with a new album to boot. Post-War, to be released August 29th is said to be, “helped in a miniscule way to change the mind-set of America."

Ward is on his fourth studio album, having also produced two albums; a tribute to blues pioneer John Fahey, and Rabbit Fur Coat by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins.

In 2004, Ward had the honor to tour as a special guest guitarist with Bright Eyes, collaborating with Sprinsgsteen himself, as well as CCR singer, John Fogerty, and R.E.M.
With this much experience behind him, and a penchant for playing deep-rooted soulful music, M. Ward should not be missed this fall.


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M Ward : Tour Dates
09-01 - Nuemo's - Seattle, WA
09-02 - Plaza Club - Vancouver
09-05 - Varsity Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
09-06 - Scottish Rites Hall - Omaha, NE
09-07 - Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
09-08 - Metro - Chicago, IL
09-09 - Little Brothers - Columbus, OH
09-11 - The Mod Club - Toronto
09-12 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal
09-14 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
09-15 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
09-16 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
09-17 - Somerville Theatre - Somerville, MA
09-18 - Satellite Ballroom - Charlottesville, VA
09-19 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
09-20 - Belcourt Theatre - Nashville, TN
09-22 - Hailey's - Denton, TX
09-23 - The Parish - Austin, TX
09-25 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
09-26 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
09-27 - San Diego Woman's Club - San Diego, CA
09-28 - Henry Fonda - Los Angeles, CA
09-29 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
09-30 - Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR

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