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M. Ward

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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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Wasteland Companion

1. Clean Slate

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

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Track List: Hold Time

1. For Beginners

2. Never Had Nobody Like You

3. Jailbird

4. Hold Time

5. Rave On

6. To Save Me

7. One Hundred Million Years

8. Stars Of Leo

9. Fisher Of Men

10. Oh Lonesome Me

11. Epistemology

12. Blake's View

13. Shangri-La

14. Outro

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Track List: To Go Home

1. To Go Home

2. Cosmopolitan Pap

3. Human Punching Bag

4. Headed For A Fall

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Track List: Post-War

1. Poison Cup

2. To Go Home

3. Right In The Head

4. Post-War

5. Requiem

6. Chinese Translation

7. Eyes On The Prize

8. Magic Trick

9. Neptune's Net

10. Rollercoaster

11. Today's Undertaking

12. Afterword/Rag

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Track List: Transistor Radio (Deluxe Version)

1. You Still Believe In Me

2. One Life Away

3. Sweethearts On Parade

4. Hi-Fi

5. Fuel For Fire

6. Four Hours In Washington

7. Regeneration No. 1

8. Big Boat

9. Pauls Song

10. Radio Campaign

11. Here Comes The Sun Again

12. Deep Dark Well

13. Oh Take Me Back

14. Ill Be Yr Bird

15. Lullaby + Exile

16. Well-Tempered Clavier

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Track List: Transistor Radio

1. You Still Believe In Me

2. One Life Away

3. Sweethearts On Parade

4. Hi-Fi

5. Fuel For Fire

6. Four Hours In Washington

7. Regeneration No. 1

8. Big Boat

9. Paul's Song

10. Radio Campaign

11. Here Comes The Sun Again

12. Deep Dark Well

13. Oh Take Me Back

14. I'll Be Yr Bird

15. Lullaby + Exile

16. Well-Tempered Clavier

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Track List: Duet For Guitars #2

1. Duet For Guitars #2

2. Beautiful Car

3. Fishing Boat Song

4. Scene From #12

5. Good News

6. Crooked Spine

7. Look Me Over

8. Who May Be Lazy

9. It Won't Happen Twice

10. He Asked Me To Be A Snake & Live Underground

11. Song From Debby's Stairs

12. It Was A Beautiful Car

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Track List: Transfiguration Of Vincent

1. Transfiguration #1

2. Vincent O'Brien

3. Sad, Sad Song

4. Undertaker

5. Duet For Guitars #3

6. Outta My Head

7. Involuntary

8. Helicopter

9. Poor Boy, Minor Key

10. Fool Says

11. Get To The Table On Time

12. A Voice At The End Of The Line

13. Dead Man

14. Let's Dance

15. Transfiguration #2

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Track List: End Of Amnesia

1. End Of Amnesia

2. Color Of Water

3. Half Moon

4. So Much Water

5. Bad Dreams

6. Archangel Tale

7. Silverline

8. Flaming Heart

9. Carolina

10. From A Pirate radio Sermon, 1989

11. Psalm

12. Ella

13. Seashell Tale

14. O'Brien / O'Brians's Nocturne

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Track List: Girl From Conejo Valley

1. Girl From Conejo Valley

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Track List: Green River (Single)

1. Green River

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Track List: More Rain

1. [More Rain]

2. Pirate Dial

3. Time Won’t Wait

4. Confession

5. I’m Listening (Child’s Theme)

6. Girl From Conejo Valley

7. Slow Driving Man

8. You’re So Good To Me

9. Temptation

10. Phenomenon

11. Little Baby

12. I’m Going Higher

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ackers6914
Amy and was the w to get trying to figure out what to say that I don't think I have a great way of the day before I your not going anywhere else in the morning to all my life and the rest of the day before I get a follow yyyyytttyty for the day before our game o ������������ � and the day before my birthday and the other hand is
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kimberbeast
Don't forget Monsters of Folk ... He is amazing on that terrific record!
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Saw M. Ward open for Nora Jones years ago in Cleveland. I paid a bunch of cash (not really that much) to sit front row. Loved both artists.She helped him with his set and he hers. It was fabulous. Best two on the same bill. Ever. Also best duet ever is He and Lucinda. Looking forward to finding She and Him.
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mark.simmons 4
I love this guy's music! It's crazy that I hadn't known of him until hearing him on Pandora (thank you Pandora!) - I live near Portland and I'm so happy to hear that M. Ward has roots here. Can't wait to see him live sometime!
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M Ward for President ��
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Saw M.Ward in Todos Santos, Baja, last January. Played with Dawes, Coner Oberst and Drive by Truckers. Great show!
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:) loveliness
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Has taken me my 55 years to find my TRUE LOVE in music !
M.Ward has changed my life !!
He is awesome and he is as others say " the man" keep on producing albums Matt you are already a legend .
Your Australian convert
Greg
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chelcsmiles
there is just something about chinese translation
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btw. Fantastic!!
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not like Dr. Dog or Flaming Lips?
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This man's singing and guitar playing always gives me goosebumps. <3 So soothing and always rejuvenating .
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I love it!
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Such an amazing song with great lyrics. It reminds me of my first son's birth. I used this song on his birth video and everyone always cries and asks me who sings this. Saw him in concert in Nashville and a great show. He sings a few 50s rock style songs at the end that was cool.
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Beautiful version!!!!
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real pretttty
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Love the songwriting and melodies while I paint in my studio.
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Older but not out! M.Ward hits me where music lives and loves1
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Great music.
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Psalm.....ab s o l u t e l y beautiful...
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I love you, Matty!
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mwmoeller
Why would you hate to admit that...
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I hate to admit it, but M. Ward is the f*ckin' man. Long live the M.
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Love his style! Whew, hot stuff...
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dalilizard
goose bumps from the first note to the last...and MOF was pure genius! This is the music that will last forever...Th i s is what it is all about!
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HIs show in Visalia, CA last May was the best thing that ever happened to this town.
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I enjoyed seeing him in Monsters of Folk and She & Him. Now I just want to see him on his tour.
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joshntash
Sooo good!
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joshntash
Sooo good!
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incredible. espcially when he gets with connor oberst and jim james.
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got my attention being from stump town. have the loves there
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i love this guys music!
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sheer slice of supernatural like a red velvet cupcake = lovely
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<3<3<3<3<3
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Kevin:

....so are you saying you LIKE M. Ward?

Robert
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kevin832
Jesus H Christ - THIS is how you do a cover song. on 2003 'transfigura t i o n ' M. Ward covers Bowie's "let's dance" and makes it entirely his own. THIS is how you do it. M. Ward could do ONLY covers in his style and you'd go 'damn...that s all original" and want to hear it over and again. Why ANYONE does covers any song like it orignially sounds is beyond me...b-b-b-b - b - b o r i n g . Thank you M. Ward...you are among the best acoustic musicians on earth.
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I just saw him for the second time (first time since "Hold Time" has been released) at a free concert in Salt Lake City and it was great. He seems to capture the magic of summer and what it means to be young or _______(inse r t your own inrepretatio n of Ward's wonderful music). You can't help but have a great time when seeing him and his group playing live. Especially having a good friend die and just leaving the viewing going to a free M. Ward. Few people now a days can inspire even when some
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kevin832
the review above is heavy of references but nothing about M. Ward! any of M. Ward's music goes right up with Bon Iver's "for emmma..." any Phosphoresce n t , Joze Gonzales, and other mint-swishin g acousti-lect r i c s for cutting up the now dead carcass of acoustic / singer-songw r i t e r molds and delivering some new sound that still has guitar and roots.
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popped up on my Owen station, good stuff
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<3

He's the reason(well, one of them) that I'm moving to Portland.
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Truely a unique gem of a musician. Everyone interested in music should study and learn from this cat-daddy.
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showed up on my brightblack morning light station. I love his sound makes me feel warm and fuzzy
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z00b33ah
love his voice. so relaxing to the ears
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Yeah, M. Ward is the s**t!
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post war
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nonstopdisco 1
lovin this so much. what album should i get first. any suggestions?
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He really is captivating. Great sound and sincerity.
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bwaltz82
smoke without fire indeed
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I simply love his voice...wond e r f u l !
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M. Ward is able to capture my soul for a song and take it down the bright road of nostalgia, where for a moment I can escape from the mundane and feel connected to the past, present, and future. He's a magician.
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