“Ward works in the same world as scene-leaders Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams, mixing personal experience and heartfelt/heartbreaking aberration of people and places.” – Rhythms Magazine
Delivering a soulful blend of traditional, Americana and Australian country music, Matt Ward has rapidly been forging his own space within the Australian music scene. 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. Mixing personal experience with heartbreaking aberration of people and places, Rhythms Magazine described Heartland as a “strong debut”, its track Annabelle 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”.
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, John Prine and Corb Lund in Matt’s music, whilst his journey as an adult provides him with compelling authenticity as both an artist and person.