M. Ward to release new LP; Launches full U.S. tour in support



In the three years since Portland, OR-based troubadour M Ward released his last solo album – the universally lauded 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 know as Monsters Of Folk.


Merge Records will release Ward’s highly anticipated sixth solo album, A Wasteland Companion, on April 10th 2012.


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, consisting of 12 tracks, 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)  7- A Wasteland Companion

2- Primitive Girl  8- Watch The Show

3- Me And My Shadow   9- There’s A Key

4- Sweetheart  10- Crawl After You

5- I Get Ideas  11- Wild Goose

6- The First Time I Ran Away  12- Pure Joy


Tour Dates:

February 2 Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

April 11 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

April 12 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom

April 13 Indio, CA @ Coachella **SOLD OUT**

April 14 Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHO

April 16 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up

April 17 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

April 18 Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum

April 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


Jonathan Richman supports 4/11

fIREHOSE supports 4/12, 4/16-4/18

Lee Ranaldo Band supports 5/5-5/22


For more on M. Ward check him out on the web, on Facebook & on Twitter @mwardtweeting