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Bringing together his critically acclaimed EP trilogy, Xtra Mile Recordings’ new signing Jim Ward announces details of his brand new album ‘Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins’ – out 5th September 2011.
Five years in the making, the complete trilogy creates a full-length album of his EPs ‘Quiet’ (2007), ‘In The Valley, On The Shores’ (2009 and 2011’s ‘The End Begins’. Recorded and produced by good friend and band mate Gabe Gonzalez in their own Clap of Thunder studio in their hometown of El Paso, Texas, it shows Ward’s talent for songwriting and class musicianship. The 14 track album holds an intricate instrumental, a heartfelt love song, a seven-minute narrative, and a sincere “thank you” to his long-standing fans as well as many other beautifully constructed acoustic folk music. It also includes lead track ‘Broken Songs’ – a stunning track featuring the stylish and poignant vocals of Tegan Quinn from acclaimed duo Tegan and Sarah.
The album is packaged with an incredible bonus CD of fantastically reworked electric versions of six of the tracks – the perfect stepping stone from Ward’s work in Sparta and Sleepercar.
It’s been quite a journey for Jim Ward. His musical career started in 1994 when he formed a band with his friend Cedric Bixler – that band was seminal post-hardcore band At The Drive-in. In the seven years they were together, they spearheaded a brand new genre of punk/hardcore and amassed worldwide fame and success. After they disbanded he went on to front Sparta and Sleepercar before settling into his solo work. In a career that has taken him all round the world, Ward’s driving work ethic and strong DIY attitude has propelled his creative output forward; continuously making music and touring the country with nothing more than his voice, an acoustic guitar and his true punk ideals. Never one to forget his roots, he has not only set up their own recording studio but opened a local bar with his wife and friends, and set up Tembloroso.com – an online shop he helped create to highlight El Paso’s local artists and musicians.
Ward’s contribution to music is far-reaching, spanning three decades and stretching across the world; and with this new chapter just about to unfold – his long legacy continues.
Ward will be touring in the UK and in Europe later on this year, look out for updates on dates to follow