M Ward To Release New CD, A Wasteland Companion On April 10

In the three years since M Ward released his last solo album, Hold Time, he’s toured the globe, released two albums as one half of Grammy-nominated duo She & Him as well as one with the talented group of friends collectively known as Monsters Of Folk.

A Wasteland Companion, Ward’s sixth solo album, will be released in the US & Canada on April 10 via Merge Records, April 9 in the UK on Bella Union and April 6th in Australia & New Zealand through Spunk Records.

Inspired by his increasingly itinerant lifestyle Ward set forth to create something of a musical travelogue. He explains, “Between now and when I made Hold Time there has been a lot of traveling which requires a lot of reckoning with what to leave behind and what to carry – material and otherwise – and thinking about what I want versus what I need, creatively and otherwise. I wanted to get a reflection of that on the album. It was a process of stripping away my security blanket, which is the same four walls I always record in.”

The album was made with 18 musicians and recorded in eight different studios in Portland, Omaha, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin and Bristol (UK). A Wasteland Companion features the talents of M Ward (piano, guitars, voice, production), Mike Coykendall (percussion, bass), Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb (piano), John Parish (percussion, marimba), Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis (organ), Susan Sanchez (vocals), She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel (vocals), Jordan Hudson (percussion), Adam Selzer (bass), Nathan “JR” Andersen (piano), Scott McPherson (percussion), Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley (percussion), Dr. Dog’s Tobey Leaman (bass), Devotchka’s Tom Hagerman (strings), Oakely Hall’s Rachel Cox (vocals), Amanda Lawrence (violin), John Graboff (pedal steel) and Tyler Tornfelt (bass). The recording utilized eight engineers, including Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright) and John Parish (PJ Harvey)

Track listing:

1. Clean Slate (for Alex & El Goodo)

2. Primitive Girl

3. Me And My Shadow

4. Sweetheart

5. I Get Ideas

6. The First Time I Ran Away

7. A Wasteland Companion

8. Watch The Show

9. There’s A Key

10. Crawl After You

11. Wild Goose

12. Pure Joy

The album is available for pre-order now at www.mwardmusic.com

Here is a list of upcoming shows:

Feb 2 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Apr 11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

Apr 12 Santa Cruz, CA The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom

Apr 13 Indio, CA Coachella **SOLD OUT**

Apr 14 Santa Barbara, CA SoHO

Apr 16 San Diego, CA Belly Up

Apr 17 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom

Apr 18 Flagstaff, AZ The Orpheum

Apr 20 Indio, CA Coachella **SOLD OUT**

May 5  Portland, ME State Theatre

May 6  Burlington, VT Higher Ground

May 7  New Haven, CT Toads Place

May 8  Boston, MA House of Blues

May 11 New York, NY Webster Hall

May 12 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer

May 13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

May 15 Durham, NC Duke Performances at Page Auditorium

May 16 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre

May 17 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre

May 22 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre

May 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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