ZZ Ward: Having Fans Was an Amazing New Experience for Me
"My band and I love playing. We love being on stage and we love music, so there's going to be a lot of energy, and the audience is going to feel our passion for music. We give it our all. We leave it all on the stage! That's what people want to see and what people keep coming back to see."
With the recent release of her 365 Days EP as well as releasing a cover of blues singer and guitarist Son House's "Grinnin in Your Face" for Record Store Day earlier this year, Ward has been keeping her fans engaged while introducing some people to the blues.
"I love that song and thought it would be cool if I covered it," Ward says. "But when I think about where it started and where it got to...sometimes people come to my shows now and know the lyrics to 'Grinning in Your Face,' and they had never heard it before I had done it. So I think bringing blues to a new generation is a really cool thing."
With all the attention ZZ's music has been drawing, both she and her fans have to be glad she never gave up on being a musician even when times were tough. But she did have one weak moment she never forgets.
"I decided to get a job in a diner," Ward recalls. "It was right by the freeway and I kept staring at the cars driving by, thinking I needed to get out of there. After one day.
"I just felt like, 'I am not supposed to be working in this restaurant and I can feel it in every part of my body! I need to leave right now!'"
ZZ Ward is scheduled to perform Wednesday, September 11, at Crescent Ballroom.
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