Renowned singer-songwriter and producer extraordinaire, M. Ward has been a fixture in the Portland folk scene where he’s been creating heart wrenchingly beautiful songs in a city that lends itself to introspection and subtlety. Known for his swooning voice and angelic guitar strumming, M.’s 2003 release, "Transfiguration of Vincent", caught the attention of fans and future collaborators, including Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Jenny Lewis, Neko Case, Cat Power, Gillian Welch and Jim James (My Morning Jacket). Since 2003, M. has released several critically acclaimed albums, 2005’s "Transistor Radio" and his breakthrough release "Post –War" from 2007. He was also the Him in She & Him, the hugely popular collaboration with She – Zooey Descanel. In 2009, he released another solo album, Hold Time. On April 10th, M. Ward is releasing A Wasteland Companion, which forms a diary of sorts, of the singer and guitarist’s journeys here and abroad since Hold Time was released three years ago. That action-packed period has included tours and full-length discs with Monsters Of Folk (his ongoing collaboration with Conor Oberst, Jim James and Mike Mogis) and She & Him, as well as leading his own band.