With the release of her mixtape Eleven Roses and her breakout 2012 full-length debut Til the Casket Drops, which featured collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs, singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist ZZ Ward quickly received praise from major media outlets like Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Elle and Interview Magazine for pop anthems that meshed the blues and hip hop. Adding to a growing profile, Ward made national television appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, The View and others. Along with that, she’s toured with Eric Clapton, Gary Clark, Jr., and Fitz and The Tantrums, as well as played sets at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Made in America and others. I also should add that “Put The Gun Down,” which has received more than 7.4 million streams was featured in the major motion picture We’re The Millers.
Now, it’s been a while since I’ve written about Ward, but as it turns out, along with a busy touring schedule, the renowned multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter had been busy writing the material that would eventually comprise her forthcoming (and long-awaited) sophomore effort The Storm, which is slated for a June 30, 2017 release. The album’s latest single “Help Me Mama” is a strutting and swaggering track that pairs Ward’s powerhouse and soulful vocals with stomping and bluesy production consisting of strummed acoustic guitar, tweeter and woofer rocking low end, twinkling piano, whirring synths and electronics, and an rousingly anthemic hook in a song that’s rooted around viscerally candid personal revelations. Naturally, the single will further cement Ward’s reputation for crafting deeply personal, sultry and anthemic pop with a blues meets hip-hop swagger in a way that nods at Amy Winehouse, Hannah Williams and others — and perhaps more important for that impressive voice. Simply put, girl can sang.
Ward will be on tour throughout June and it includes a June 14, 2017 stop at Le Poisson Rouge. And then during the fall, Ward will join Icelandic rock at Kaleo for a series of Stateside dates. Check out the tour dates below.
|May 31, 2017||Chicago, IL||Lincoln Hall|
|June 2, 2017||Minneapolis, MN||Fine Line Music Cafe|
|June 3, 2017||Denver, CO||Bluebird|
|June 8, 2017||San Francisco, CA||The Independent|
|June 9, 2017||Los Angeles, CA||The Roxy|
|June 11, 2017||San Diego, CA||Belly Up|
|June 14, 2017||New York, NY||Le Poisson Rouge|
|June 20, 2017||Austin, TX||The Parish|
|June 21, 2017||Dallas, TX||The Kessler|
|June 22, 2017||Nashville, TN||3rd and Lindsley|
|October 2, 2017||Houston, TX||Revention Music Center **|
|October 4, 2017||Kansas City, MO||The Mid **|
|October 7, 2017||Madison, WI||Orpheum Theatre **|
|October 16, 2017||Boston, MA||House of Blues **|
|October 20, 2017||Wallingford, CT||The Dome at Oakdale Theatre **|