M. Ward has appeared on the show on three separate occasions while supporting other artists (Spoon, Bright Eyes, and Norah Jones) but last night it was all about him. The incredibly full studio erupted in applause as ACL producer Terry Lickona introduced the singer.
He started the show appearing on stage by himself for the first few songs, including opening with "Duet for Guitars #2" and "Duet for Guitars #3" . The man has some incredible guitar skills. M. Ward and his amazing band proceeded to perform songs off from all his albums, except for End of Amnesia for some reason. I especially love "Sad Sad Song" and was excited to hear it live. Other standout tracks included a fantastic version of "Poison Cup" and Ward on piano for "Hold Time". Joining him onstage for the last five songs were members Oakley Hall as they finished the set strong with two of our favorite songs off his most recent album, the Buddy Holly cover, "Rave On" and "Never Had Nobody Like You". He also announced since they were in Austin it was only fitting to end with a Daniel Johnston cover "To Go Home", one that also appeared on M. Ward's 2006 album Post-War.