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With the release of his sixth and latest solo effort, A Wasteland Companion (Merge Records, $14), M. Ward returns as one of the most engaging Americana singer-songwriters. But while he’s critically acclaimed for his solo work, Ward has also developed a rather nice sideline collaborating with some of the most talented female singers in the business. A musical multithreat, he’s turned up on numerous distaff records in the past few years. Here’s a sampling of Ward’s best his ’n’ her moments.

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She & Him: His most consistent side project, this country-pop combo with singer/actress Zooey Deschanel first came together in 2006. Since then, the pair has released two full-length LPs, Volume One and Volume Two. Ward also contributed to the soundtrack of Deschanel’s musical rom-com 500 Days of Summer, and the two reunited to record a holiday collection, A Very She & Him Christmas, last year.


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Norah Jones: Ward added vocals to Norah Jones’ chart-topping Not Too Late album in 2007, appeared as a special guest on her concert album/DVD Live from Austin, TX and has toured extensively with the Grammy-winning chanteuse.


Neko Case: Ward first teamed with the noted alt-country siren on Ward’s 2006 album Post-War; he later returned the favor, playing guitar on Case’s 2009 effort Middle Cyclone.

And more: Ward also co-wrote the title track to Beth Orton’s Comfort of Strangers LP and has turned up with guest spots on projects for Cat Power, Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis and Jolie Holland, among others.