The first interview I ever did about music was with a Massachusetts based music magazine called Metronome. So, when they reached out recently to check in and talk about the debut album from Ward Hayden & The Outliers, I jumped at the chance. Metronome magazine has championed local, regional and national music for 34 years and we're thrilled to be a part of their August issue. Take a look, we discuss why we changed from GGG to Ward Hayden & The Outliers, what it means to be an outlier, the upcoming album, the state of country music, touring, recording, Europe and more. Enjoy!!
I'm a big fan of Mystic, CT and we're very happy to be headed there on Monday (July 22) to take part in their Blue Monday Concert Series.
Sondra Levine opens the show at 5:30 and canned goods and/or donations benefitting Stonington Education Fund and Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center will be accepted at the show.
And thanks to Rick Koster and The Day for the write up!! Bring all your friends and family along, show is FREE to the public, we hope to see you in Mystic.
A huge thanks to Wide Open Country for premiering our version of "Promised Land".
In the early 60's Chuck Berry was imprisoned for violating the Mann Act, it's a whole story and worth looking up, and while locked up and flipping through an Atlas this song was born.
It exemplifies Chuck's creative genius. And Chuck Berry, the man, exemplifies the concept of gray area. He straddled the line of what can be considered good and bad. In 2019 we're pulling apart many things and examining a lot of what makes us....us. Humanity, history and people are complex.
He was the architect of rock 'n' roll. A man of the blues who channeled it through himself and the results are some of the greatest songs ever written. The creativity of his sound is in almost every bit of music you hear today.
I've spent a good amount of time thinking about this story, it's a tough one and hard to reach any definitive conclusions. But, his lyrical genius and musical contributions are undeniable. Imagine writing a song about freely traveling the country all while locked up in prison? He is America's poet laureate.
We hope you enjoy our take on this classic, our goal was to get in the room, plug in and hit this song as hard as we could. To do my part I kept the idea of recording this song a secret from the band right up until just before the session. I wanted them to show up without any preconceived ideas of what we'd be up to and to hit it with as fresh and unrestrained of a sound as we could muster. We wanted to do it justice. Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll.
Our album "Can't Judge a Book" OFFICIALLY comes out on Aug 23rd. Pre-sale will be available shortly, be sure to stay tuned. -Ward
We're back home from Norway and what a blast. I swear, every time we visit this country we return home with more new friends and a greater appreciation of this truly wonderful place. We even got to visit Iceland on this run and definitely hope to return there again as well.
A big thanks to Die With Your Boots On for once again bringing us over and to the Sørlandets Countryfestival in Ose, NO. We'll be heading back to Scandinavia again in October 2019, so be sure to stay tuned, tour dates will be announced very soon. Already looking forward to seeing you all again!!
We're very excited to be headed up to Portsmouth, NH on June 15th for a show at the newly renovated Press Room.
The Press Room is a venue we hold near and dear, as they were one of the first venues outside Boston to invite us up for a show. We've always loved this room and this city and really can't wait to see the room all spruced up. Spread the word, invite your friends along and we'll see you June 15th.
Tickets are on sale HERE.
Since the very beginning of the band there were some other acts that we admired and looked up to for their sound and attitude and timeless elements. So, needless to say, we're thrilled to finally be getting to share the stage with The Blasters this Friday (May 17th) at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA.
This is bound to be a great night and there are still tickets available HERE. Be sure to take a look and let's rock 'n' roll.
We're very excited to announce we've joined the roster of Nine Mile Touring.
Based in Austin, Texas they've been on our radar for quite a while and we're thrilled to finally be getting to work with Rick Pierik and his team. The pieces all came into place during our trip to Nashville last month and Nine Mile have already gotten to work booking the band for 2019 and beyond. We're really looking forward to what's in store for the future, new music, new tour dates, and a whole lot more. We'll see you out on the road!! -Ward Hayden & The Outliers
Revel in the Meadow is happening on June 1st in South Berwick, Maine. It's a day long family friends arts and music festival with a great line up of bands this year including The Reconstructed, These Wild Plains, yours truly and much more.
Tickets are on sale now and general admission is just $20. All the proceeds from this great event benefit the Continuum Arts Collective. Take a look HERE and bring the whole family along. We hope to see you on June 1st.
Don't miss us on Thursday (MAY 2nd) at The Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, MA. This concert will be a special Stage Door Live! show with seating right on the stage. It's a unique way to see the band and experience a concert, up close and right there with the band. We hope to see you on May 2nd, help spread the word, post about the show on social media and order your tickets HERE.
Very excited to announce that we'll be returning to one of the best dive bars in New England on April 26th and we'll be bringing some friends in tow.
Boston's own GA-20 will be kicking off the the show and CT's own Roses Wild will be playing in support as well.
The show is presented by Go Kat Go!, who always throw a great shin-dig and we hope to see some familiar faces. Advanced tickets are on sale now HERE.