UCR INTERVIEW: M. Ward of She & Him

Photo Credit: Chantal Anderson

She & Him’s seventh studio album is a loving, LP-length tribute to one of the greatest living American songwriters and singers, Brian Wilson. Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson finds Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward diving deep into the legendary artist’s extensive songbook, offering fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honored classics and overlooked gems alike. These fourteen covers are infused with the familiar magic that She & Him fans know and love, opening a new window into Wilson’s iconic catalog. Wilson even features on a song with Zooey and M. Ward for the album, “Do It Again.” The band have enjoyed a friendship, and mutual appreciation, with Wilson over the years and She & Him was previously a guest vocalist on his 2015 album, No Pier Pressure. Recently, the band released “Darlin’”, the lead track and video from Melt Away.

She & Him will be stopping by Red Butte Garden Amphitheater on Tuesday, June 14. Utah Concert Review had the opportunity to visit with M. Ward ahead of their Salt Lake City tour stop. Kevin and Ward discussed Melt Away, what goes into creating a good cover song, and much much more. Enjoy!

M. Ward was interviewed by Kevin Rolfe

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Emmylou Harris September 30, 2021 Red Butte Garden

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Emmylou Harris Red Butte Garden Amphitheater

Reviewed by Kevin Rolfe

It’s hard to believe.  When I first saw the lineup for the Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series 2021 I thought how far away the final show with Emmylou Harris seemed.  I was excited for so many shows in the lineup, but I remember thinking ‘I’m not missing Emmylou”.  And I’m so glad I didn’t.  She was the perfect artist to close out this incredible series.  

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JJ Grey & Mofro September 29, 2021 Red Butte Garden

JJ Grey & Mofro Red Butte Garden

Reviewed by Breanna Downs

Photo Credit: Breanna Downs

Hard to believe this would be the second to last concert of the season at Red Butte Garden Amphitheater. But a cold evening wasn’t going to stop these fans from starting the final week of shows off right. After a long summer, we finally made it to JJ Grey & Mofro joined by Larkin Poe.

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Khruangbin September 23 2021 Red Butte Garden Amphitheater

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Khruangbin, Red Butte Garden, September 23, 2021

By Tiffany Mull

If you feel jaded with modern music, I strongly suggest you take in some Khruangbin. This utterly refreshing trio has their own sound, artfully fusing styles as disparate as psychedelic rock and vintage funk. Mark Speer explores Middle Eastern music scales and experiments with reverb, much like Dick Dale (who pioneered surf rock). Multi-instrumentalist Donald “DJ” Johnson plays drums and Laura Lee is on bass.

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real September 14, 2021 Red Butte Garden

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Red Butte Amphitheater

Reviewed by Jacob Moniz

Red Butte Garden had an amazing lineup in place for a perfect night on September 14th. Prior to the show, I hadn’t listened to Lukas/Promise of the Real before so I was excited to experience the concert with no previous listening history. Going to a concert without actually listening to the band is a unique experience! 

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Squeeze w/ Colin Hay September 2, 2021 Red Butte Garden Amphitheater

It’s starting to feel a little different up at Red Butte Garden lately.  The temperature is getting a little cooler, and the wind is whipping a little more.  Fall is near.  What isn’t different is the continued excellence in the quality of the bands and their performances.  The 2021 Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series has been fantastic so far and with the shows, they have lined up to finish out the series, it’s only going to get better.  The home stretch started on Thursday, September 2 with 80s and New Wave icons, Squeeze. With Colin Hay of Men at Work fame supporting.   While these two bands may have made their mark in the great era of 80s music, neither has slowed down by any means.  

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Neko Case August 29, 2021 Red Butte Garden Amphitheater

After a harrowing incident that involved a group of drunken loiterers and an out-of-commission tour bus on the streets of Reno, Neko Case and her band pulled in last-minute to the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre. They began soundchecking about the time gates were supposed to open and the long line of attendees who had queued up for the show, previously a little anxious to get into the venue, seemed renewed to hear Case’s voice give a quick preview of the night. 

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Trombone Shorty & Gov’t Mule August 23, 2021 Red Butte Garden

It’s a beautiful night for live music. It’s the middle of the week and some soulful, funky, jazz music is just the perfect refreshment from the busy work week. The weather was perfect and it was a packed house as soon as we got there. I truly enjoy Red Butte Garden. People bring their chairs, blankets, wine, beer, and all sorts of snacks. It’s a family affair when you attend a show at this venue. I would say this is the perfect place to bring the family together to enjoy live music and food.

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Blind Boys of Alabama + North Mississippi Allstars August 22, 2021 Red Butte Garden Amphitheater

Red Butte Concert Series Blind Boys of Alabama & North Mississippi Allstars August 25, 2021

Reviewed By: Vanessa Holt 

This last Sunday, the next group of musicians on the lineup for the Red Butte Concert Series was The Blind Boys of Alabama with North Mississippi Allstars. As the doors opened to the amphitheater the crowd was buzzing with excitement for the show. Personally, I had never been to the Red Butte Garden Amphitheater. I didn’t even know that they hosted outdoor concert series. On top of that, I haven’t ever heard of either performer. I made the decision to not listen to their music before the show. I went in with completely zero expectations and was just excited to see how the night went. That was probably the best decision to make because I was not disappointed in the slightest. 

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