M. Ward Discusses A Wasteland Companion, and His Arizona Ties to The Meat Puppets and Howe Gelb

See also: fIREHOSE's Ed Crawford: "It Was Our Job. We F**kin' Showed Up Every Day."

M. Ward has slowly and sturdily built himself up as a songwriter and producer over the past decade, with a string of hushed folk, country, blues, and pop inflected records that don't cry out for attention, but quietly and intensely demand it. He released his latest, A Wasteland Companion, on Tuesday, April 10.

I discuss A Wasteland Companion in this week's issue of New Times, but space didn't permit me to share my entire conversation with M. Ward about his music, Arizona's musical statesmen The Meat Puppets and Howe Gelb, and making a record that skirts the line between live performance and studio craftsmanship.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.