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TONIGHT: Fauxchella w/ ZZ Ward

zzwardThere are moments when it’s hard for ZZ Ward to fathom her own success — like say, the three days this summer she’ll be opening for guitar god Eric Clapton, or playing Red Rocks Amphitheater with Amos Lee this August. Or, this weekend’s slot at the Coachella Festival.

“There are days when everything feels like such a big deal,” says Ward, the 27-year old blues R&B hip-hop singer, who has worked with guys like Asher Roth, Kendrick Lamar and Pete Rock. Her debut “Til the Casket Drops,” was released in 2012 on Hollywood Records. Her free “Eleven Roses,” mix-tape feature interpretations tracks by Lamar along with Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator.

Most days though, there’s just not time for that kind of thinking, Ward says.
“I still feel like I’m trying to do it,” she says. “I’m always too busy trying to do a good job with things.”

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Podcast: Ozmosis #43

This week’s Ozmosis episode introduces you to a number of fresh new artists, such as Cayucas (playing Saturday night at The Cellar Door), ZZ Ward, Sheppard, plus new local group Natural Thrills, who is the Tioga-Sequoia “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week. Catch them tonight playing for free at Fulton 55.

Listen to the podcast below and catch new episodes of Ozmosis every Sunday night at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1.

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