Last Friday, “fedora-rocking, guitar-shredding, harmonica-wielding blues siren” ZZ Ward rolled through Emo’s as part of C3 Concerts’ #Artisttakeover. Ward is currently touring North America in support of her sophomore album, The Storm, with remaining dates through September.
“Ward didn’t have to look far for inspiration on her second full-length album, 2017’s The Storm. Equally evocative of blues grit and hip-hop bounce, the Los Angeles-based vocal powerhouse and multi-instrumentalist leapt forward by taking a deeper look at some of her earliest inspirations—including Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, and Vera Ward Hall and Big Mama Thornton.
“For me, this album wasn’t really about experimenting,” she admits. “It was more about simplicity, honing in on what I love about music and what makes me who I am as an artist. Growing up, I listened to a lot of hip-hop and blues, and I love those two genres so much. Sometimes, to evolve you don’t need to go outside of yourself; you can reach further inside of yourself instead.”’
ZZ Ward at Emo’s
Photos by Mindi Westhoff of https://www.timeandplacephotography.com/