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Joel Ward

Joel Ward

Singer Songwriter / Soul / Roots Rochester, MN  US


  • Fri

    Oct 23

    Rochester, MN, US | 7:30pm

    Joel Ward solo 7:30-10:30

  • Fri

    Aug 7

    Morristown, MN, US | 12:00pm

    Big Wu Family Reunion is a party not to miss! Great bands and production all in a beautiful setting.

  • Thu

    Jul 30

    Cresco, IA, US | 3:00pm

    Thur-Sat- Multiple bands, beer trailer(lots of good beers, all you can drink all weekend)saturday night feast(included) A party not to miss!

  • Sun

    Jul 26

    Anoka, MN, US | 5:00pm

    Ilika Ward Duo 6-10

  • Fri

    Jul 24

    Mankato, MN, US | 5:00pm

    Doors: 5 pm doors 6:00pm: Joel Ward Music 7:15 pm: The Pines Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/882051 The Pines Rising out of the prairies of the Midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years. Emerging from the same Minneapolis music world that spawned such notable acts as The Jayhawks, The Replacements and Bob Dylan, The Pines have gathered a stunning line-up of musical talent, in both their live shows and on record, that has gained them a faithful and growing following. Frontmen Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Iowa, while each bringing a distinct voice and sensibility to the sound that Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke called "quietly gripping" stark-country. The mysterious sound of The Pines fuses Benson's ethereal, otherworldly, heart-piercing songs with David's earthy, darkly romantic and rough-hewn visionary tales. With masterful guitar work, beautiful vocals and the graceful keyboard and vocal additions of Benson's brother Alex Ramsey, the core of The Pines' sound captivates and elevates with rare intimacy. Various touring configurations keep The Pines live show fresh and dynamic, from the full band with rhythm section to the versatile essence of the Ramsey, Huckfelt, Ramsey trio. Surprisingly, David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey actually began their musical partnership in Arizona, where they both lived in a Mexican barrio and first began playing together. The son of Greg Brown's producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, Benson was reared on folk and blues music and continues to let those influences shine, even on louder electric songs. David also had a deep love for traditional music, and together the two of them started crafting songs that evoke the ancient, while incorporating newer rock and pop sounds. Committing to a musical career together, Benson and David returned to their Midwestern roots and moved to Minneapolis, where they slowly grew their band to include banjo player Michael Rossetto (Spaghetti Western String Co.), drummer J.T. Bates (Michel Portal, John Gorka), bassist James Buckley (Ed Harcourt, Daniel Johnston, Dosh) and Benson's brother Alex Ramsey on keyboards. Creating quite a buzz around the Twin Cities and across the Upper Midwest, The Pines caught the attention of acclaimed indie label Red House Records and signed with them in 2007, releasing their breakout album Sparrows in the Bell, named one of the top roots releases of the year by Q Magazine. The Pines wowed audiences at the 2008 South By Southwest (SXSW) and were named one of the musical highlights by CMT.com. They followed up this success with Tremolo, an album that garnered rave reviews in magazines like Rolling Stone and got airplay on tastemaker stations such as KCRW and The Current. It landed them coveted performances on Daytrotter.com and Bob Harris' popular BBC show, winning them new fans across North America and Europe. A great live act whether performing as a stripped-down trio (David Huckfelt, Benson Ramsey and Alex Ramsey) or as a full rock band, The Pines' devoted cult following and has led them to share the stage with such diverse acts as Bon Iver, Mavis Staples, The Arcade Fire, Iris DeMent, Mason Jennings and Spider John Koerner. The Pines just finished a North American tour with Mason Jennings in twenty-five cities, opening for him and playing in his band.


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  • Kai (Artist)
    Love the music man keep it out. Really classy soul / Reggae vibe from your vocal presence. Lovin' it!
  • James Bracken (Artist)
    James Bracken
    great stuff, Joel. and good to see your stuff on here, since I've met your acquaintance in Winoville. peace. any reggae?
  • Sonja Quintana (Artist)
    Sonja Quintana
    OK, now this is what Im talkin about. This is what I call "A gorgeous sound". You rockin it to the bone. Makin me smile inside and outsite. I didn't know I need your medication until I heard your sound. Sure do feel better now. Great food for the soul. Keep in doin that gorgeous thing that you do. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!!! thanks for sharing. I would love for you to check out my sound and tell me what you think. Thanks in advance and God Bless You!! Adios!!



Bio: Joel Ward is a singer-songwriter guitarist and pianist hailing from Rochester, MN. He is one half of the Ilika Ward Duo, frequently performs in Rochester, Minneapolis, and Winona, teaches piano and guitar lessons and also is a stagehand at Northern Sun Productions, a sound and stage production c...See Full Bio

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