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Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter M. Ward (born Matthew Stephen Ward) grew up listening to gospel and country, two genres that figure prominently in his breezy, West Coast take on Americana. After a six-year stint with the folk-rock trio Rodriguez, Ward began sketching out songs deeply rooted in the classic traditions of American country-folk. Ward's first solo effort came in the form of Duet for Guitars #2, which was written and recorded while he was living between Chicago and various locales on the West Coast. Eventually, the album was placed in the hands of the ever enigmatic Giant Sand mastermind Howe Gelb, who released it on his own Ow Om Recordings in the fall of 2000. The record enjoyed favorable reviews and a considerable amount of attention in underground rock circles, and Ward supported it with a handful tours throughout the United States and Europe. Released in 2001, End of Amnesia helped to further develop Ward's penchant for dusty, timeless narratives and bluesy, back-porch ballads, but it wasn't until 2003's Transfiguration of Vincent that Ward would begin to penetrate the mainstream. His first release for indie darling Merge Records, Vincent cashed in on the Great Depression obsession of the post-O Brother, Where Art Thou? gold rush, paving the way for 2005's Transistor Radio and 2006's Post-War, both of which firmly established Ward as a major player in the burgeoning indie folk/adult alternative rock scene. In 2008, after collaborating on a song for the film The Go-Getter with actress Zooey Deschanel, the unlikely duo released a well-received album of covers and Deschanel originals called Volume One under the moniker She & Him. Ward returned to the studio later that year to begin work on his next full-length offering; 2009's Hold Time, which featured guest vocals from Deschanel, Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), and Lucinda Williams, arrived in early 2009. 2010 and 2011 saw the release of two more She & Him outings (Volume 2 and A Very She & Him Christmas), followed in 2012 by his seventh proper solo outing, A Wasteland Companion, which was recorded in eight different studios and featured contributions from 18n different musicians including Howe Gelb, Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, Devotchka's Tom Hagerman, and Deschanel. The album peaked at 21 in the US, his highest position on Billboard's Top 200 yet. Following A Wasteland Companion, Ward returned to She & Him, who released Volume Three in May of 2013 and the covers album Classics in December 2014; in between these records, he also played on Neko Case's 2013 album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Ward resumed his solo career in 2016, releasing More Rain that March. ~ Nate Cavalieri & James Christopher Monger
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Albums by
M. Ward

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    12 songs

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    More Rain

    20 songs

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    Transistor Radio [Bonus CD]

    12 songs

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    A Wasteland Companion

    14 songs

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    Hold Time

    15 songs

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    Duet for Guitars #2 [Bonus Tracks]

    13 songs

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    Post-War

    16 songs

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    Transistor Radio

    15 songs

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    Transfiguration of Vincent

    14 songs

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    End of Amnesia

    1 song

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    Girl From Conejo Valley

    2 songs

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    Primitive Girl

    4 songs

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    To Go Home [Merge]

    1 song

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    Green River

    12 songs

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    Duet for Guitars #2

    12 songs

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    More Rain [LP]

    24 songs

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    Wasteland Companion [Bonus CD]

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    Temptation


Top Songs by
M. Ward

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  2.   Never Had Nobody Like You
  3.   For Beginners
  4.   To Go Home
  5.   Chinese Translation
  6.   Post War
  7.   Primitive Girl
  8.   Let's Dance
  9.   Here Comes the Sun Again
  10.   Rollercoaster
  11.   Requiem
  12.   Rave On
  13.   Eyes On The Prize
  14.   Today's Undertaking
  15.   Human Punching Bag
  16.   Jailbird
  17.   To Save Me
  18.   Poison Cup
  19.   Oh Lonesome Me
  20.   Archangel Tale
  21.   Wild Goose
  22.   There's a Key
  23.   Clean Slate
  24.   Time Won't Wait
  25.   Hold Time
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    Folk

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    Adult Chill

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    David Bowie: DNA

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    Americana

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    Eclectic Rock

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    The Current

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    Rockero


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