M. Ward Upcoming Album

27Oct08

The last time I saw M. Ward perform was at a free outdoor show held downtown in September 2007. It was kind of a strange show, as it was held outside the entrance to a large office building in the financial district. So, as the young, casually dressed concertgoers were filing into the stage area, bankers were leaving their offices and practically stumbling onto the concert. You could tell they were confused as they looked around like ‘Well, what do we have here?” The show was good, but it was a free event, so it was short and offered just a taste of M. Ward and his guitar.

As I was anticipating another M.Ward show, he started collaborating with the actress-turned-singer Zooey Deschanel on She & Him. So, the next performances featured the songs from the duo’s album, which I didn’t like as much since Deschanel provides the vocals while M.Ward sticks to the guitar-playing. So I was secretly wishing he would go back to his solo work.

Looks like he did. I just found out that his next album, Hold Time, will be released on February 17, 2009. The new songs include guest musicians/vocalists such as Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa, and Lucinda Williams. Zooey Deschanel is featured on a couple of tracks, as well.

So I’m guessing a late winter or early spring tour is in the works, which is very exciting news.

For more info, check out the source.

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