Declared by music critics as a cross between Janis Joplin, Florence Welch and Courtney Barnett, Lauren Ruth Ward is a force of nature. Her music (and reputation) has spread like wildfire these past years in LA, after leaving her hometown of Baltimore. She has played to sold-out crowds around the US and overseas, sharing stages with artists as diverse as Keith Urban, Shirley Manson, Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Shakey Graves, L P and Liz Phair.
"Her lyrics are secrets to strangers, writing about her lifeâ€™s trajectory sharing both vulnerability and strength delivered with grit and vibrato".
Her band (which flirts with 1950-90â€™s rock and roll nuances allowing Ward to release a powerhouse of raw, visceral emotion in her live shows) capped off last year with a cover of â€śWhite Rabbitâ€ť in celebration of Grace Slickâ€™s birthday and paid the same respects for Jim Morrisonâ€™s 75th by releasing â€śHappy Birthday Jimâ€ť, a 7 song Doors tribute album, which included music videos for all 7 tracks.
The critically acclaimed debut album Well, Hell. introduced her to a world-wide audience, with accolades from NYLON, Noisey, Consequence of Sound, The Los Angeles Times, Indie Shuffle and more.
We are hosting her with her guitarist / writing partner Eduardo Rivera and weâ€™re promised â€śthe set is still pretty lively as a duo, expect a balance of electric and acoustic guitars (with beats)â€ť.
Ward hit the ground running this year releasing 6 original singles and 3 music videos. This prolific catalogue includes; "Valhalla", â€śHungry Barberâ€ť, â€śPullstringâ€ť, â€śWe Are Grown Upsâ€ť, â€śWise-Galâ€ť and soon to be released â€śSuper Bullshitâ€ť. â€śSame Soul", a collaboration with Desi Valentine for Jack Daniels was also released.
Ward is addicted to discovering herself. She joined forces with Chris Hess of SWIMM for their side project called Aging Actress, directed/produced a music video for Alicia Blueâ€™s song â€śIncognitoâ€ť and will be releasing a 12 track, 5 music video, body of work in the new year. She is inspired by everything and is most thankful for Eduardo Rivera, her guitarist, for nurturing their creative process.
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