On February 15th, Jim Ward played an amazing solo acoustic show at Red 7 in Austin, Texas. His presence was welcomed with a room full of people appreciating the frontman of one of El Paso’s most popular rock acts Sparta.
He opened his set up with Sparta’s Untreatable Disease from their latest album, Threes. He also played songs from other Sparta albums which included: Breaking the Broken, Taking Back Control, Erase It Again, and Collapse.
The first of the songs he played off Quiet he played was On My Way Back Home Again. He also played a couple other songs from that EP: Mystery Talks and Coastlines. Jim also played a song from his upcoming album from Sleepercar, his alternative country band. The album is scheduled for release this April.
He closed his set off with Air from Sparta’s Wiretap Scars. During the second verse, he temporarily left the mic to sing the words with the audience whose participation was well done. The crowd chanted along with him, “If you see through these motives… you’ll please report your progress… to the captain, our captain… so he can mark the atlas…” I have this recorded to video which will show up in a future post.
Jim Ward and Sparta are always appreciated in Austin. I hope to catch any of his performances in the future, because they are enjoyable every time.
Here’s Jim performing Collapse with Paul Hinojos, a former member of Sparta/At the Drive-In: