M. Ward returns with his eighth solo album, More Rain, which will be released on March 4 via Merge Records. M. Ward recently announced several Spring tour dates, which includes stops in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Louisville and more.

Having spent the last decade-and-a-half based in the perennially damp Portland, Oregon, the singer-songwriter and producer has learned how to shine through the soggy gloom by simply embracing its inevitability. With his new album More Rain, Ward has made a true gotta-stay-indoors, rainy-season record that looks upwards through the weather while reflecting on his past. This album finds Ward picking up the tempo and volume a bit from his previous release, 2012’s A Wasteland Companion. Where that record introspectively looked in from the outside, More Rain finds Ward on the inside, gazing out. Begun four years ago and imagined initially as a DIY doo-wop album that would feature Ward experimenting with layering his own voice, it soon branched out in different directions, a move that he credits largely to his collaborators here who include R.E.M.’s Peter BuckNeko Casek.d. langThe Secret Sisters, and Joey Spampinato of NRBQ. The result is a collection of upbeat, sonically ambitious yet canonically familiar songs that both propel Ward’s reach and satisfy longtime fans.
Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as his own musical projects.
January 28               Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian*
January 29               Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian* (SOLD OUT)
January 30               Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian* (SOLD OUT)
February 3               New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre* (SOLD OUT)
February 4               New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre* (SOLD OUT)
February 6               Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium* (SOLD OUT)
April 29                     Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River
April 30                     Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
May 1                         Washington D.C. @ 930 Club
May 2                         Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 4                         New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 6                         Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
May 7                         Boston, MA @ The Royale
May 27 – 30              Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch!
June 11                     St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
June 12                     Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
June 13                     Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird
June 16                     Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
June 17                     Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
*with Jenny Lewis
Pre-order More Rain on CD or LP in the Merge store. The first 750 pre-orders will received a limited edition translucent red vinyl. Pre-order the album digitally via iTunes.