Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Feb 19th 2009 4:00PM by Jonah Flicker
Meanwhile, Ward is focusing on his own efforts. "['Hold Time'] comes from the belief that music is a better way to capture time for me than any of the other millions of ways," he tells Spinner of the album's inspiration. The effort features a variety of guest vocalists, including Ms. Deschanel, ex-Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and Lucinda Williams. "During the production of [the song] 'Oh Lonesome Me,' I started hearing [Lucinda's] voice ... so we decided to ask her," he says. He also explains that he and Lytle have been friends for many years. "His music has also been a great inspiration growing up."
Writing the new record required a bit of effort on Ward's part. "The writing process for every record I've made is stretched out over weeks, months and years and years," he says. But working with Bright Eyes producer/band member Mike Mogis certainly helped the process along. "Mike is an incredible musician and engineer with an incredible ability to hear details," he says. "He hears things most of us can't -- he's like a wild animal."
Ward will be on tour throughout late February and early March in support of the new record.