"world class.....testament to Ward's ability to blend
popular country and alt country elements in convincingly heartfelt songs on this strong debut"
(Chris Familton, Rhythms Magazine July 2019)
Matt Ward is making his mark on Australian music with an energetic blend of Australian and Americana Country Music.
His debut album ‘Heartland’ defied expectations to take out the ARIA #1 Australian Country album chart spot and debuted at #1 on iTunes Country Album charts. His four singles (Annabelle, Back to the Country, Take Me Home and Better Man) were all highly successful releases and have received over 140,000 combined streams on Spotify.
Rhythms Magazine (2019) described Heartland as a "world class” and the album “testament to Ward’s ability to blend popular and alt. country elements in convincingly heartfelt songs”.
Ward recently showcased at Nashville’s Americanafest, was invited to play Australian Music Week and was announced in the first line-up of artists for one of the biggest festivals on Australian country and Americana circuit, the 2020 Groundwater Country Music Festival.
Ward is now releasing new music recorded at the famous Yellow Dog Studios in Austin, Texas (Kasey Musgraves, Kris Kristopherson, Mike & The Moonpies) with well-known American producer David Percefull.
Recorded with some of Texas’s top musicians, his new single Tattoos, Trucks and Country Music is a fresh take on outlaw country music, and is sure to bring new fans from around the world. With a driving beat, killer guitar riffs and Ward’s consistent ability to deliver catchy lyrics and melodies, Tattoos, Trucks and Country Music draws similarities to outlaws such as Steve Earle, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams Jr. It reflects Ward’s development as a genuine crossover artist between Australian, Americana and Outlaw Country styles.
Off the back of his debut success with ‘Heartland’, Ward’s new material stamps him as a serious creative force in Australian Country and Americana music.
Matt Ward is that guy… Wordsmith, tunesmith, and craftsman. A songwriter’s songwriter whose material speaks deeply and simultaneously of his journey and of ours.”
(Matt Fell, 6 x Golden-guitar winning producer)
Interestingly, Matt's musical journey has been different from most. Working for years across outback South Australia, Ward has an intimate knowledge of the land and its people. Time on the road, connection to country, emotions experienced along the way - it is the lifeblood of Country Music, and Ward has it in spades.
Combined with his authenticity as a story teller and genuineness as a person and artist, Ward is now ready for country music’s biggest stages with spirited live performances, strong storytelling, serious country grooves and catchy lyrics and melodies you can’t get rid of.
"Matt‘s songs evoke the vastness and expanse of Australia while speaking with true heart… his music is a perfect blend of Australian country outlaw".
(Bonnie Montgomery, 2019 Arkansas Americana Artist of the Year)