Matt Ward and the Rising Sons plus Miss Ohio
It is with much disappointment that I have to announce another lineup change to our 11 September show. As you know we originally planned to bring you Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell but when the NSW Covid situation worsened we booked Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller to take their places. Well, Andrew just confirmed they cannot attend as the Victorian lockdown has just been extended.
However, the good news is that one of our favourite SA artists, Matt Ward, has accepted the challenge to step in with his full band The Rising Sons. Matt is launching a new album and doing a fundraiser in honour of his late nephew Sam. The Barn at Wombat Flat is proud to pitch in to help with both of those mighty efforts and grateful he and the boys can play for us.
These are incredibly tough times for the music industry and we are really seeking your continued support to help keep our doors open please! It means artists, technical staff, food and beverage suppliers and we can survive a bit longer and hopefully still be here to bring you great music as we come out of this terrible time in all our lives. We know it would be easier to just cancel everything but that’s not where our hearts are.
Matt Ward and The Rising Sons
Genuine, steeped in experience and leaving no stone unturned in search for the truth of the land, the road and the heart, Matt Ward is a breath of rarefied authentic air in Australian country and alt. country music.
Coming from a long line of family boot makers and with years of experience in land management across the outback, Ward delivers country in spades, breaking hearts with classic waltzes whilst kicking down doors with energetic outlaw barnstormers.
Ward’s debut album ‘Heartland’ defied expectations to secure the ARIA #1 Australian Country album spot and a host of other accolades. Recorded with multi ARIA and CMAA award winner Matt Fell, Rhythms Magazine described Heartland as “world class” and “testament to his ability to blend popular and alt. country elements in convincingly heartfelt songs”. Ward recently showcased for Sounds Australia at Nashville’s Americanafest, is a regular at Tamworth Country Music Festival and recently was announced in the first line-up of artists for one of the biggest festivals in Australia, Groundwater Country Music Festival.
“Matt Ward is that guy… wordsmith, tunesmith, and craftsman. A songwriter’s songwriter whose material speaks deeply and simultaneously of his journey and of ours.” – Matt Fell (8 x Golden Guitar winner)
Ward is now preparing to release his highly anticipated second album, “If I Was In Dallas Tonight”. Recorded at Yellow Dog Studios (Wimberley, Texas) and the title track with Matt Fell at Love Hz Sydney, Ward now joins a host of hot new American country artists coming out of yellowDOG including Charley Crockett, Colter Wall and Mike & The Moonpies.
Produced by David Percefull and mastered by Adam Odor, Matt has followed up the success of Heartland with a run of new singles including ‘Tattoos, Trucks & Country Music’; ’Old Ground’, (with Bonnie Montgomery – 2016 Ameripolitan Outlaw Female and 2018-2020 Arkansas Americana Artist of the Year) and ‘Lost and Found’, which charted in the Top 50 for Australian Country songs for four weeks.
Off the back of his debut success, the quality and diversity of Ward’s new work stamps him as a serious creative force in Australian Country and Americana music.
Combined with his authenticity as a story teller and genuineness as a person, Ward is ready for country music’s biggest stages with spirited live performances, strong storytelling and damn good songs you can’t get rid of. From the Adelaide Hills to West Texan dive bars, Matt is a man for all seasons.
“…everything that is good about Australian Country Music”
– Country Music Capital News
This year we offered an Emerging Artist Scholarship to eight of 25 applicants. In addition to music business mentorship with artist Kelly Brouhaha, sound tips from engineer John Simpson and venue tips from owner Mike Roberts, scholarship winners get to perform a couple of songs at the start of a show. We are really looking forward to hearing Miss Ohio kick off this magic night at The Barn at Wombat Flat!
Bluegrass duo, Miss Ohio is made up of fiddle/vocalist Mae Napier-Traeger and guitarist/vocalist Gage Stead. Their deep love for the traditional music of the Americas shines through their lyricism and harmonies as well as their virtuosic playing as they welcome the audience to become entwined in everything they create.
In 2019, Miss Ohio accompanied Adelaide band Kelly’s Wayke on their Victoria tour and play alongside them regularly. The duo have held a residency at The Railway Hotel from 2019-2021 and also regularly perform around South Australia.
Miss Ohio performed in The Fringe 2021 at The Jade where they were met with stunning reviews. They are both members of the acclaimed SA bluegrass band The Cherry Pickers.
Ricca Terra Wines, Barossa Street Food, Eudunda Bakery goods, beer, soft drinks, hot drinks for you to purchase on the night.
NO BYO FOOD OR DRINK PLEASE.
Gates open 5:30pm / Show 7:00pm