A modern-day traditionalist who is keeping the Lone Star honky tonk sound alive, Josh Ward is a songwriter and singer who has won a large and growing following in his native Texas, playing country music with rock and blues accents. Ward was born in Houston on May 15, 1980. His first exposure to music came in church, singing vintage gospel hymns with his family during Sunday services when he was four years old. At home, Ward's family favored country music, and as a teenager he developed a passion for classic country sounds, particularly George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings. In his high school days, Ward was an amateur rodeo rider, and after learning to play guitar, he began serving double duty at rodeo events, playing music in the parking lot before riding later in the day. Ward joined a band in ...
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