Matthew Ward, 1974, Ventura County, California, USA. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ward manages to touch upon all the elements of the roots rock and alt country genres, earning comparisons to artists such as Tom Waits, Grandaddy, Sparklehorse, and Giant Sands Howe Gelb. Ward was first spotted as a member of the California-based trio Rodriguez, before setting out on his own as a solo artist. Moving to Portland, Oregon, he was signed by Gelb to his indie label, Ow Om Records. Wards solo debut, Duets For Guitars #2, was released to low-key acclaim in 2000. He followed it up with End Of Amnesia, and toured alongside Conor Oberst on his US Bright Eyes Orchestra jaunt. Wards solo albums were sold at a brisk rate during this tour, helping to promote record company interest in the artist. Signing to the Merge label, Ward issued his third solo outing, Transfiguration Of Vincent, in 2003. His second album for the label, 2005s Transistor Radio, was a beguiling homage to late-night public radio in America. Ward relocated to New Hampshire to complete work on the follow-up, Post-War.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.