Founding member and front-man of Wards Xpress, Ross Ward, relocated to Sydney in 2010 after 16 years on the far North Coast of NSW, his first ‘Bluesfest’ appearance was in ’95, where the idea for the band Wards Xpress was conceived.
In March 2012, Wards Xpress released Five Lanes, which shot straight to No. 1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Most Played Charts for its catchy and raw melodies.
In July 2015, Wards Xpress celebrated their 20th anniversary by releasing The Back Roads retrospective album (a remastered selection of tracks from the band’s back-catalogue). The album hit the No. 1 position on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart and stayed there for the next three months. The Sydney Morning Herald said of the release: “a collection of gritty and muscular pub blues, imbued with Ward's trademark taste and style….Truly a "best of".”
Wards Xpress plays an original and organic mix of Blues, Rock, Funk and Soul, with a tinge of Jazz and World music styles in the mix. The current line-up includes bassist Alan Britton (Bondi Cigars), drummer Bruce Stephens (Cyril B Bunter Band) and guest keyboardist Steve Russell for Bluesfest 2016.
These guys are a vibrant and dynamic outfit, and their upcoming shows at Bluesfest are cause for a celebration, as it’s a fitting “Welcome Home to Byron” for singer-songwriter and guitarist Ross Ward!
Performing at Bluesfest:
Sunday 27th March, Juke Joint - 16.00 (60 mins)*
Monday 28th March, Delta Stage - 13.30 (60 mins)*
*Subject to change