His 2019 debut album “Heartland” reached #1 on the ARIA Australian Country charts and each of his three singles (Annabelle, Back to the Country and Take Me Home) have been highly successful releases. He was recently invited by Sounds Australia to showcase at Americanafest at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe and in 2019 has played across America and Australia with respected country artists such as Adam Harvey, Katie Brianna, Bonnie Montgomery (US), Brad Butcher and Aleyce Simmonds.
Rhythms Magazine described Heartland as a “strong debut”, its track Annabelle as a “world class song” and the album “testament to Ward’s ability to blend popular country and alt country elements to produce convincingly heartfelt songs”. Country Music Capital News said Ward was “everything that is good about Australian Country Music” whilst Jolene Country Music blog said Ward’s songs were “..as fitting in a dusty outback pub as they were in an inner city Melbourne bar” and that “songs as well constructed as these they can travel”.
But Matt’s musical journey has been different from most. Working for years across regional and outback South Australia and more recently living and touring out of Texas, Ward has an intimate knowledge of the land and its people. Time on the road, his connection to the country, emotions experienced along the way – it is the lifeblood of country music and Matt has it in spades.
With strong storytelling, catchy hooks and a crafty blend of Australian traditional and outlaw country music, it’s easy to draw comparison to Paul Kelly, and Steve Earle in Matt’s music, whilst his journey as adult provides compelling authenticity as both an artist and person.
|November 7, 2019 7:00 pm||JD’S|