Ward Hayden & The Outliers (formerly Girls Guns & Glory)
A fresh start...
We have held on to the name Girls Guns & Glory for probably too long. Things have changed in the 12 years since naming the band and believe me, no one wants to change the name of a band they’ve spent 12 years building.
When I first set out to make my own music I was deeply inspired by one of the greatest singing cowboys of them all: Gene Autry. In addition to the band name coming to me in a vision, I believe it was also inspired by all the Autry westerns I had been watching at that time. Girls, guns and glory were the theme of many of his movies and tv shows. And I have always done my best to adhere to The Cowboy Code:
1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.
2. He must never go back on his word or a trust confided in him.
3. He must always tell the truth.
4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly and animals.
5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6. He must help people in distress.
7. He must be a good worker.
8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action and personal habits.
9. He must respect women, parents and his nation’s laws.
10. The Cowboy is a patriot.
The name Girls Guns & Glory has become offensive to some and an impediment to moving the band forward. Today's highly charged political climate combined with the proliferation of gun violence has made the name a lightning rod for some and offensive to many.
We never intended for that to be the case, but times change and we feel the time is right to brand a new name.
We have decided to change the band's name to Ward Hayden & The Outliers. We have always considered ourselves outliers in the world of country music.
Which is also why we’ve always considered that being a cowboy is a state of mind. And to continue adhering to The Cowboy Code we want to represent our band with a name that will describe who we are more accurately. We continue to have the same mission we’ve always had: to make heartfelt country music and rock ‘n’ roll, to connect with fans through shared experiences in venues and through recordings, and to continue moving forward, living life in search of the moments worth singing about. We truly can’t wait to share with you the new music we have coming out this Fall and we hope you’ll continue to share in the experience as we move forward together.
–Ward Hayden & The Outliers (Ward, Paul, Josh & Cody)
Always been ones to march to their own drum, Adrian + Meredith make a different sort of roots racket. More Than A Little, finds the pair's debut putting its own spin on Americana music, roughing up the genre's edges with the rule-breaking spirit of punk, the vintage twang of old-timey folk, the sneer of rock & roll, and even the frenetic bounce of early Swing and jazz manouche.
More Than A Little brings together two performers who grew up on opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Before meeting his future wife at a show in Washington DC, Adrian was born on the Canadian/Detroit border, raised on rock, punk and soul music, with a carnival barker's croon and an off-the-wall "clawhammer banjo" approach to playing the acoustic guitar. Meanwhile, Meredith was a nearby Ann Arbor MI native who cut her teeth in the old-time music scene, where she played traditional fiddle and clogged. Those two approaches come together with Adrian + Meredith, a project that honors the traditions of Folk and Americana music while pushing beyond those genres' boundaries. Produced in East Nashville by Mark Robertson, More Than A Little is being released in part via an innovative partnership with Daniel Lanois' Canadian streaming company, UpRise.FM.
Adrian was already 10 years into an acclaimed solo career when Meredith made a guest appearance on his 2014 release, ROAM. Since then, the pair's partnership has grown into a full-time collaboration, with the two swapping harmonies, trading solos, and acting as co-pilots throughout their debut album. Returning from Adrian's previous record is five-year bandmate Paul Niehaus on pedal steel, while JD Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers and Fats Kaplin of Jack White's touring-band make guest appearances.
The result is a record influenced by the group's time on tour, with songs that celebrate the joy of hitting the highway with your romantic partner ("Birthday Cakes," "Old Midwestern Home"), and examine the darker corners of an entertainment industry that's rarely, if ever, fair ("Bank," "Fixer"). Equal parts defiant and driving, More Than A Little is a rallying cry from two road warriors who, after more than a dozen combined years in the music business, are too smart to play by the industry's rules and too enthralled to turn their backs. It's a love letter to a new genre of music, and a call to arms for independent artists with true vision.
Roses Wild is a New Haven, C.T. based band, led by Stefanie Austin, with members from Stefanie Austin and the Palomino Club, Goodnight Blue Moon, and The Split Coils. The band is born out of hopes of empowering people and ourselves to have a damn good time.
Stefanie Austin: lead vocals/rhythm guitar
Nancy Matlack: bass/banjo/vocals
Katelyn Russell: drums/vocals
Tiffany Ballaro: harmonica/percussion/vocals