SAT 4 – 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Ross Ward first appeared at Bluesfest backin ’95 with the late Wiley Reed, where the idea for the band ‘Ward’s Xpress’ was originally conceived. Since that time he has appeared at 10 Bluesfest’s in ByronBay (incl 2016) and has enjoyed a long career in the industry, with musical origins tracing back to 1968.
After appearing at virtually every major blues festival in the country, founding member and front-man Ross Ward relocated to Sydney in 2010 after 15 years on the far North Coast of NSW, but not before releasing four CD’s and picking up several music industry awards. The band also returned to Byron for Blues fest shows in 2013 and 2016.
‘Wards Xpress’ plays an accessible and organic mix of blues, rock, funk and soul, with a tinge of jazz and world music styles in the mix. These guys are a vibrant and dynamic outfit, with energy to burn, and a love of the music they play.
In March 2012, ‘Wards Xpress’ released the ‘Five Lanes’ CD, which went to number 1 on the ‘Australian Blues & Roots Most Played’ charts and was well received by blues radio presenters and podcasters nationally. The EP remained in the top 25 for ‘a record run’ afterwards.
In July 2015, the band released a ‘retrospective’ CD titled ‘The Back Roads’, featuring tracks from all five of their previous releases, in celebration of their 20th Anniversary. In August 2015, the CD went straight to the aforementioned chart’s no 1 position, retaining the #1 spot for three months.
The ‘Ward’s Xpress’ line-up includes Alan Britton (bass) & drummer Tony Boyd. Ross Ward looks after guitar & vocals.