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ZZ Ward: Stardust Tour – Tickets – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR – February 17th, 2020

ZZ Ward: Stardust Tour
Revolution Hall Presents

ZZ Ward

Fox and Bones

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Revolution Hall Presents - ZZ Ward: Stardust Tour

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ZZ Ward didn’t have to look far for inspiration on her second full-length album, 2017’s

The Storm. Equally evocative of blues grit and hip-hop bounce, the Los Angeles-based

vocal powerhouse and multi-instrumentalist leapt forward by taking a deeper look at

some of her earliest inspirations—including Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Vera Ward

Hall and Big Mama Thornton.

“For me, this album wasn’t really about experimenting,” she admits. “It was more about

simplicity, honing in on what I love about music and what makes me who I am as an

artist. Growing up, I listened to a lot of hip-hop and blues, and I love those two genres

so much. Sometimes, to evolve you don’t need to go outside of yourself; you can reach

further inside of yourself instead.”

It’s a realization earned over a whirlwind five years. The Fedora-rocking, guitarshredding, harmonica-wielding blues siren peppered an old backporch musical recipe

with hip-hop urgency and hashtaggable wisdom on her 2012 mixtape Eleven Roses.

Followed by her full-length debut Til The Casket Drops yielded a veritable hit in the form

of “Put The Gun Down.” The latter generated 7.4 million-plus Spotify streams and held

strong in the Top 10 of AAA radio for 10 weeks as well as receiving over 100 high-profile

licensing placements and syncs, including the feature film We’re The Millers. Kendrick

Lamar [“Cryin Wolf”] and Freddie Gibbs [“Criminal”] were quick to collaborate, while

Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Elle, Interview Magazine, USA Today, NPR and more

extolled her. She lit up the screen on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Conan, Good Morning

America, The Tonight Show, The View, and many others and practically set stages ablaze

on tours with Eric Clapton, Gary Clark, Jr., and Fitz & The Tantrums and at Coachella,

Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Made In America.

Coming off the road, she decided to open up more than ever before.

“All of my favorite artists would tell real stories,” she goes on. “I wanted to talk about

similar things that were close to my heart. Every song became something I experienced.

I’ve had my slew of disappointing relationships, times when I was pissed off, heart

broken and times when I felt a false sense of euphoria. There are times when you

struggle with yourself or with somebody else. I wanted to pour all of those emotions

into my music, stay true to my roots, and tap into what inspired me in the first place.”

Capturing this vision, ZZ recorded around L.A. at different studios and at home over the

course of 2015 and 2016. She re-teamed with previous collaborators such as Blended

Babies [Chance the Rapper, Kid Cudi], Neff-U [Eminem, Dr Dre], Ludwig Goransson

[Childish Gambino, Haim] and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz & The Tantrums in addition to

Warren “Oak” Felder of Pop & Oak [Kehlani, Alicia Keys, Alessia Cara] for the first time.

“It was all about getting that raw emotion,” she exclaims.

The first new single “The Deep” [feat. Joey Purp] emerged as a welcome surprise for

fans, bottling the creative burst of confessional crooning and clever rap wordplay that

defined Eleven Roses. A sample of The Charmels’ “As Long As I’ve Got You” draped in

classic slide guitar scorches as ZZ sings, “Don’t know how much I can take, but I need it”

before finger-snaps elevate the harmony. Kicking off 2017, W called it, “her most candid

body of work yet,” and The Fader praised its “spectacular effect.”

"'The Deep' is about feeling trapped in a relationship that I knew was no good for me,”

she sighs. “I met someone that made me lose control of myself. When I wrote the song,

we noticed something really haunting about The Charmels' 'As Long As I've Got You,'

and we just had to sample it. I thought Joey would be perfect to bring a fiery passion

and flavor to the song."

Elsewhere on the record, she serves up a gospel-style plea on the stirring and stark

“Help Me Mama.” “‘Help Me Mama’ is about my personal revelation that not everything

in life is what it seems. Growing up I had expectations about what my relationships

should be like with other people, the world and even myself. Realizing nothing would

ever be perfect, I had to take control of my life and, unlike when I was a kid, Mama isn’t

always going to be around to solve my problems.

Her booming delivery on “Cannonball” [featuring 2017 Grammy-Award winning blues

artist Fantastic Negrito] belies a delicate admission of admittedly being used by

someone to pass the time.

Meanwhile, “Domino” [feat. Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz & The Tantrums] hits us right in

the heart. “Fitz and I wrote this song about recurring relationships that we’d had in our

pasts that left us feeling unsatisfied,” she adds. “I spent many sleepless nights feeling

like there was something more out there for me. This song talks about the hopeless

journey I faced trying to find the right person.”

In the end, The Storm represents ZZ at her core. “This album as a whole really reflects

much of the internal and external conflict that I've experienced. I feel like I dug deeper

into what means the most to me,” she leaves off. “I hope that my stories connect with

people out there and help them know they aren’t alone in these struggles. That’s what I

can give to the world. Storms come and storms pass, it's how you weather them that

defines you and makes you stronger.”

Portland, Oregon based folk-pop duo Fox and Bones are the product of life on the road. Their music is ripe with vocal harmonies that pull at the heart strings and a rich, often times metaphysical lyrical landscape. They’ve spent the majority of their four year career in transit, relentlessly touring the greater United States, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This unwavering commitment to the road has spawned dedicated pockets of fans and friends all over the world.

It’s not all gas stations and hotel rooms for the internationally touring sweethearts. In 2018, they released their sophomore album “Better Land” which was met with critical acclaim. Jake Craney from Ground Sounds states “Better Land is exceptional, and impossible not to love” and music blog Come Here Floyd raves “The Oregon based duo are story tellers, adventurers and discoverers of magic in their sophomore LP.” Their new single “Running Free” is scheduled to be released August 2nd, 2019.

The duo’s live shows are an intimate hybrid of storytelling and comedy as they play improv games and share stories from their adventures that draw in the audience and create a strong sense of community. Kelsey Greco of Vortex Music Magazine beams “(Fox and Bones) have an undeniable chemistry on stage, stealing furtive glances and sometimes locking eyes with an intimacy that showcases how vulnerable they are with one another and their audience.”

Perhaps Isaac Biehl of Source Weekly puts it best: "Fox and Bones' music is made for those who are after adventure or who are running down a dream. The sound feels vast—like being in an open field with nothing but your thoughts narrating to the future."

Venue Information:
Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St
Portland, OR, 97214