What an honor to be a Final Five nominee in the Western Music Category! Thank you, Academy of Western Artists!
Every quarter, The Western Way magazine shows up in the mailboxes of
members of the Western Music Association. It features the Western Charts
compiled by Marvin O’Dell from the playlists of reporting DJs across the
country and in New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. In 2014,
Lonesome County Road showed strong on the charts and continues to hold
the #10 slot on the Top 30 Cowboy/Western Albums. In fact, it was the
5th most played Western Album in 2014. And West of Dodge is still
hanging in the top 100. Barry Ward also appeared in the top ten of two
of the most played artists lists.
Thank you for playing my music and for inviting me to talk about the
music in interviews. Thank you, also, to the fans who support the radio
stations and request my songs. God Bless. ~ Barry Ward
NEW Release – Distant Furrows by Barry Ward
Barry Ward’s latest CD, Distant Furrows, is now available! Dedicated to America’s farmers and ranchers, the album features 17 original songs about farming and family intertwined with faith in God. Plus a bonus track of Barry’s frequently requested rendition of “How Great Thou Art.”
The songs on the album are hand-picked favorites from Barry’s first four albums, which are now discontinued. Barry wrote the songs and first recorded them while operating his fourth-generation family farm in Copeland, Kansas. In 2014, Barry recorded thirteen of the songs with a fresh, acoustic sound with Joe Stephenson as executive producer and included the original recordings of three of the songs along with a new rocking blues melody, “The Farming Sun Blues.”
The CD includes “Harvest in the Fall,” the closing-credits song in the documentary, Great American Wheat Harvest, currently showing in theaters across the country and available on DVD. The song is the story of Barry’s last wheat harvest with his father, Leonard, and Uncle Tommy Ward.
Listen to song clips on the Mercantile page and order your copy of Distant Furrows now! Free gift wrapping during the month of December.
RED HOT FIRST REVIEW
I just finished listening to Barry Ward’s latest CD that I picked up at
tonight’s Barry Ward and Friends Holiday Homecoming held at the rustic
Black Forest Community Club.
This cd contains a whopping 18 tracks for an hour of upbeat music
chronicling life as a farmer. Some of the lyrics are nostalgic, some
acknowledge Gods hand in the life of a farmer, and many describe
thoughts and emotions watching farms being handed down from father to
son as lives get too old to continue the hard work. Barry has lived the
life and clearly articulates what he has experienced in his music. He
doesn’t spend time lamenting the loss of family farms, but rather
celebrates the continuation of a wonderful lifestyle from one generation
The album is called Distant Furrows. I recommend it. It can be purchased
on Barry Ward’s website: www.BarryWardMusic.com.
Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame
SELECTS Barry Ward 2014
Barry Ward was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame at the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kansas on October 11, 2014 in the category of Entertainer/Artist.The Cowboy Entertainer/Artist is an individual or group, male or female that promotes the cowboy lifestyle through their art or craft. These may include singer/songwriter, artist/craftsman, painter/sculpture, saddle/boot maker, performer, producer, TV/movie personality or other related activities.
Barry Ward Won the Western CD of the Year Award
Barry Ward received the 2014 “Western CD of the Year” from the Rural Roots Commission at the National Old-Time Country, Bluegrass, & Folk Festival at Le Mars, Iowa on Wednesday August 27.
Highlights of Barry Ward’s Career
2014 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee, Cowboy Artist/Entertainer
2014 Western CD of the Year, Rural Roots Music Commission
2013 Male Performer of the Year, Western Music Association
2012 Western Music Song of the Year, Association of Western Artists
2008 Male Vocalist of the Year, Western Music Division of the Country Gospel Music Association
Academy of Western Artists:
NOMINATED in the Top 5 Finalist:
Western Music Male Vocalist of the Year (2012, 2013)
Song of the Year (2009, 2011)
Western Music Association:
NOMINATED in the Top 5 Finalist:
Entertainer of the Year (2013), Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 – 2014,) Western Album of the Year (2010, 2012, 2014), Song of the Year (2010-2012), and Songwriter of the Year (2012-2013)
“Harvest in the Fall” song featured in the documentary film ‘The Great American Wheat Harvest’
Guest Co-host RFD-TV Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire
First Western music entertainer to perform in Cameroon, Africa 2010
Performed at the Cultural Olympiad 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah
‘The Great American Cowboy Concert’ at Carnegie Hall in New York City 2003)