M. Ward announces new album Migration Stories, shares “Migration of Souls”: Stream

Plus, he shared 2020 tour dates

Migration Stories new album Migration of Souls 2020 tour dates M. Ward, photo by Wrenne Evans
M. Ward, photo by Wrenne Evans

    Folk troubadour M. Ward has announced a new album called Migration Stories. He’s also shared a lead single, “Migration of Souls”, in addition to revealing a slew of 2020 tour dates.

    Migration Stories is Ward’s first album since 2016’s More Rain. It’s comprised of 11 tracks about real-life human migration stories, with inspiration ranging from newspaper photographs to television reports. To help bring the songs to life, he traveled to Quebec, Canada to work with Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry, producer-mixer Craig Silvey, and Teddy Impakt.

    “Some time went by, the stories wove together, and I remember them now closer to characters in a dream of how people could treat each other than any kind of front-page news realism,” Ward said in a press release. “I think music subconsciously — whether writing or listening — is a filter for me. Helping to process all the bad news into something new to build from. Some records to me are like self-fulfilling prophecies — visualizing change to wish something into being. Those records inspired this one.”

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    Ward chose the perfect single to introduce Migration Stories. “Migration of Souls” is a beautiful, nonchalant folk song that sees him wistfully welcoming us back into his world. There’s easygoing acoustic guitar strums, a few loose marimba notes, and his calming “oh’s” in the chorus that, combined, gently put your mind at ease. Stream the song below to experience it firsthand.


    To coincide with this news, M. Ward has announced a 2020 North American tour. The trek sees him kick things off on April 17th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before weaving his way across the US and Canada. He concludes the stretch on May 22nd in Los Angeles, California. Find all of his tour dates below, and grab tickets to all of M. Ward’s upcoming concerts here.

    Migration Stories Artwork: 

    Migration Stories by M. Ward Artwork


    Migration Stories Tracklist:
    01. Migration of Souls
    02. Heaven’s Nail and Hammer
    03. Coyote Mary’s Traveling Show
    04. Independent Man
    05. Stevens’ Snow Man
    06. Unreal City
    07. Real Silence
    08. Along the Santa Fe Trail
    09. Chamber Music
    10. Torch
    11. Rio Drone

    M. Ward 2020 Tour Dates:
    04/17 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    04/18 — Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
    04/19 — Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
    04/22 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    04/24 — Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
    04/26 — Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
    04/28 — Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
    04/29 — Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
    05/01 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
    05/02 — Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
    05/03 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    05/14 — Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
    05/16 — Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
    05/17 — Tacoma, WA @ Elks Temple
    05/19 — Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery – Redwood Barn
    05/20 — San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
    05/22 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater


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