M. Ward reveals announces new album, tour

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Singer-songwriter M. Ward has announced dates for a spring tour in support of his forthcoming album, A Wasteland Companion. The Portland, Oregon-based troubadour will make his way to Massachusetts for a show at Boston’s House of Blues on Tuesday, May 8. Tickets for the concert, which will also feature opener Lee Ranaldo, are now on sale through Live Nation for $25.

A Wasteland Companion, Ward’s sixth solo album, is scheduled for an April 10 release through Merge Records. The album was made with 18 musicians and recorded in eight different studios in Portland, Omaha, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin and Bristol (UK). Fans can get a taste of the new album with lead single “The First Time I Ran Away”, which is streaming below.

Much of of the material on A Wasteland Companion is inspired by the artist’ travels since his last record, 2009’s Hold Time. “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,” said Ward in a press release. “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.”

Ward has kept busy over the past three years, releasing two albums alongside Zooey Deschanel as the Grammy-nominated She & Him as well as one self-titled record with Monsters of Folk, the folk supergroup featuring Conor Oberst, Jim James and Mike Mogi.

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