Bill Ward Band | Highway in the Desert

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Highway in the Desert

by Bill Ward Band

Eclectic Swing/Folk/Blues, with a hint of Alt. Country. Guests include former Bonnie Raitt guitarist Will McFarlane, Big Leg Emma's Amanda Barton, and Bill's Dad. Swing, groove, and cry.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Rollin' Love
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2. Canada Wind
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3. Better Now
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4. Everybody Look at the Baby
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5. We Both Did It
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6. Table of Our Lives
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7. I Wanna Live in the Light
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8. Til We Start Living
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9. Highway in the Desert
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10. Morning Called Us Through
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11. Ghosts of November
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12. Lonesome Hobo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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From his years of performing in the bars and concert halls from NY to Texas, to Jazz Vespers worship services, to the annual Mayville Bluegrass Festival he founded, Bill Ward has been known to his fans for some time. This recording displays the many sides of this performer, and promises to acquaint him and his band with even more listeners.

The music is eclectic, but not disjointed.
Faith, love, and family are where these songs come from, but Bill is not afraid to tackle loneliness, doubt and even depression.

He's been writing songs for a good while, and has collaborated on this project with such folks as former Bonnie Raitt guitarist Will McFarlane, and Big Leg Emma's Amanda Barton.

Ward wrote all the songs except "Table of our Lives," which was penned by Cassandra Robison, and "The Lonesome Hobo," written over 50 years ago by his dad, John Ward, who sings it on this recording.
The musicians in the Bill Ward Band are some of the best that Western NY has to offer, and the guest artists are remarkable. Ward's regulars are Tom Swanson, guitars; John Cross, saxophone; Jim Foti, drums; Paul Liuzzo, bass; and Jim Foti on Drums.

"The BWB's new album, Highway in the Desert, is a careful blend of spiritual country, swing, and blues. Production is slick and smooth... full of gorgeous melodies, surrounded by multiple layers of incredible instrumentation." - Chautauqua Region Word

"(This Disc) demonstrates his versatility and the fine music he makes, both as a popular and religious composer... It's a mixture of many styles, including honky tonk ...rockabilly, folk and country.
...I loved 'Canada Wind,' for example, a ballad... with a gentle, ambling beat.
...The late Gena Hartson sings (on the album) and it's a pleasure to hear her strong, clear voice one more time.
...Get yourself a copy." - Robert Plyler, Jamestown (NY) Post-Journal


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k2YK

BEAUTIFUL (AMERICAN) MUSIC
NOT FAR INTO LISTENING TO THIS NEW RELEASE, I BECAME AWARE THAT I WAS HEARING SOMETHING QUITE OLD, AND THOUGHT OF A TREE, LIKE A STATELY OLD OAK, SCARRED BY A HUNDRED YEARS WORTH OF STORMS, YET ROCK SOLID, WITH A NETWORK OF ROOTS REACHING DEEP INTO THE RICH AMERICAN SOIL.

Orange County High School of the Arts OShop

Southern California loves Bill Ward's CD
Our school store opens at events all over Southern CA. I play lotsa different kinds of music...lotsa blues, some jazz, lotsa instrumentals. Over and over again when I play this CD..."I like that! What are you playing! Who's singing that? Where can I get that?."
Someone compared the CD to Emmy Lou Harris' music.
We're very proud of my husband's brother!
Bob and Carol Ward

Kathy

Listen twice
I must admit, I did have to listen to it twice, because the first time I thought it wasn't quite like what I heard live at Chautauqua Lake. But I think I must have been distracted on the first listen because the next time I heard it with a new ear and it was great! I'm very happy with it. I like the bluesy/jazzy flavor to it.

Sig Nagys

interesting mixture of musical styles
While there seems to be many Bill Ward's performing music these days, this Bill Ward's debut CD is one that is worth a listen. A nice cross section of blues, folk, christian, country and pop are highlights. A duo with Amanda Barton on "Til We start Living" is a standout. Highway in the Desert is a well paced easy to listen to CD that dosen't get to preachy yet gets it's positive message across with quality musicianship and an easy to listen to group of songs that work on many levels.

Sarah Martin

Very enlightening and inspiring CD
I am not usually a connoisseur of country or Christian music but I bought this CD for a road trip with my Aunt who is. She thought it was absolutely fabulous! Even I liked several of the songs on this CD. I especially liked “Table of our lives.” How many of us have been sitting in our usual bar chasing ghosts? A lot of us!
Great CD!