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.
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.
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.
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
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.