Friday, Sept. 29th - 8:00pm - Main Stage
Country Music traditionalist Josh Ward has a unique, almost untouchable voice that grabs your attention. Just a few songs into a set and you will see just why Josh turns heads everywhere he performs. Josh Ward’s influences stretch back to some of the founding fathers of country music like Hank and Lefty, and to the outlaws like Waylon and Willie. Josh Ward's live show leaves no one disappointed, and everyone asking for more!
A Houston native, Josh's earliest musical exposure was to old gospel hymns he sang in church. As a teenager riding in the high school Rodeo Circuit he discovered the likes of Willie, Waylon, Merle, Jones and Strait. Those musical legends inspired him to pick up a guitar and start singing in the parking lots of his rodeo events. Encouraged by his reception at the rodeos, he put his first band together and began paying his dues at the local honky-tonks in 2003. Through tenacity and hard work Josh has grown into one of the most respected and appreciated musicians in the state. His honest and emotive delivery of every song compels audiences to feel his lyrics with him as he takes them on his musical journey. Fellow songwriter Mike Ethan Messick once said of Josh, "Josh Ward sings like Mike Tyson hits. Hard."
Josh Ward released his 2nd album “Promises” in June 2012. The first single “Get Away” reached #18 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart – almost unheard of for a debut artist. Josh’s second single “Rainout Hangout” quickly moved up the Texas and Regional Radio charts – reaching Top 5 status. The third single “Sent Me You”, a ballad written by Scott Brown (Scooter Brown Band), gave Ward his very first Number 1 on both the Texas Regional Radio Report & The Texas Music Chart in April 2013. He followed with another #1 on his 4th single, “Promises” in Sept 2013. “Hard Whiskey” was released in November 2013 and reached #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and #3 on the Texas Music Chart. Following the success of “Promises”, Josh Ward, released his third studio album "Holding Me Together" October 30, 2015. Produced by Grammy Award Winning producer, Greg Hunt, at Rosewood Studios in Tyler, TX. Ward's latest album features 10 new tracks from the 2013 Texas Regional Radio New Male Vocalist of the Year. Josh Ward has stayed true to his country roots with his most current project. Ward’s 3rd album has already seen four number one singles with “Highway”, “Whiskey & Whitley”, “Somewhere Between Right & Wrong”, and “Broken Heart” bringing his record to Seven consecutive number one hits. Josh Ward recently brought home the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards Song of the Year 2016 for “Whiskey & Whitley”.
Josh Ward's live show and his music is composed of true Honky-Tonkin', Lovin' & Leavin' songs, which is sure to dominate airwaves and dance-halls for years to come.