I can trace all my songs to a specific moment, M. Ward told a New York Times writer in February of 2009, as he was about to release, Hold Time, his acclaimed third release for Merge Records. Sometimes its as insignificant as a friend of yours saying something, a turn of a phrase. Other times its like an epiphany moment or just something beautiful that you see.
His latest album, A Wasteland Companion, a diary of sorts, of the singer and guitarists journeys here and abroad since Hold Time was released in 2009. That action-packed period has included tours and full-length discs with Monsters Of Folk (his ongoing collaboration with Conor Oberst, Jim James and Mike Mogis) and She & Him (his celebrated duo excursion with singer Zooey Deschanel) as well as leading his own band. Despite the greater demands on his talents as performer and producer, Ward made sure to build in time away from his hectic touring schedule so he could visit studios along his various routes. Hed call upon whomever was in town to join him such longtime musician friends as Mogis, Deschanel, Giant Sands Howe Gelb and P.J. Harvey producer John Parish or new players with whom hed been keen on working, like Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and Doctor Dog bassist Toby Leamen. For this self-effacing artist, who has created most of his recorded work in or near his Portland, Oregon home, this was a unique and ambitious undertaking, designed to take him away from his comfort zone.
M. Ward plays a Solista CE CD/IN.