Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St
Portland, OR

Lauren Ruth Ward w/ Valley Queen @ Doug Fir Lounge

Tuesday, 03/24/2020, 9:00pm

Lauren Ruth Ward

, Valley Queen

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“I fucking nail second chances,” says Lauren Ruth Ward, benignly reflecting on the time she got expelled from high school in her junior year. With aged wisdom beyond her years, she reminisces about her hometown of Baltimore, where her upbringing was what the songstress lovingly refers to as a “cocktail for being an artist;” She grew up splitting her time between a bohemian mother — “I’m very pragmatic, and she would call that cold and intense” — and some weekends with her father — “He’s a ‘healthy republican,’” she says with a laugh. From a young age, she also had a natural drive for creativity, with the talent to back it. “I was wearing a beehive every day in sophomore year,” she says, describing how she’s always had a knack for doing hair. “Junior, senior year, ‘scene’ was really in and I was like a ‘scene’ queen. I had a splash of blonde over here, splash of blonde over there.”

Meanwhile, Ward also taught herself to sew clothes, as well as sing and play guitar, taking cues from the music of her childhood — ‘70s rock and her mom’s old disco compilations — and the music of her teens: Mirah, Elliott Smith, basically anything “emotional, folky and dismal,” she says. (If you’re curious, that combination lands Ward somewhere between Janis Joplin and Courtney Barnett.)

When graduation rolled around and it came time to pick a career, Ward took on hairstyling. By 22 she had a fully booked calendar with cancellation backups at the salon where she worked and was running her own wedding updo business. She was ambitious, successful, and doing work she loved, yet something was missing. “I saw the music then, but I was behind a chair six days a week,” says Ward about coming to terms with pursuing another career. “To be honest, I wanted a band,” she continues, “every time I found someone to play with, they had a day job — they didn’t have the dream. And you really gotta fuckin’ have it to live in a world that’s musical.”

Youtube videos from Lauren Ruth Ward

Lauren Ruth Ward - Make Love To Myself - LaurenRuthWardVEVO
Lauren Ruth Ward - White Rabbit - LaurenRuthWardVEVO
Lauren Ruth Ward - Valhalla - Lauren Ruth Ward
Lauren Ruth Ward - "Did I Offend You?" (Official Music Video) - Lauren Ruth Ward
LAUREN RUTH WARD - "Valhalla" (Live at JITV HQ in Los Angeles, CA 2018) #JAMINTHEVAN - Jam In The Van
Lauren Ruth Ward - Sideways - LaurenRuthWardVEVO
Riders On The Storm - The Doors - Lauren Ruth Ward - Lauren Ruth Ward
LAUREN RUTH WARD - "Sideways" (Live at JITV HQ in Los Angeles, CA 2018) #JAMINTHEVAN - Jam In The Van
LP - Dreams ft. Lauren Ruth Ward (Fleetwood Mac cover) [Bruxelles 15.04.2017 @Cirque Royal] - Total Freedom LP Fans - Fan Club PL
Lauren Ruth Ward "Sheet Stains" at Pappy & Harriet's 20190119 -
Failure Confessions | Lauren Ruth Ward - Failure Confessions
Lauren Ruth Ward - Blue Collar Sex Kitten - LaurenRuthWardVEVO
Lauren Ruth Ward performs "Sideways" - Shutter16Magazine
Lauren Ruth Ward - Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love" - Lauren Ruth Ward
LAUREN RUTH WARD - "Those Letters" (Live at JITV HQ in Los Angeles, CA 2018) #JAMINTHEVAN - Jam In The Van
Lauren Ruth Ward - Sheet Stains - LaurenRuthWardVEVO
Lauren Ruth Ward - Frank Sinatra - "That's Life" - Lauren Ruth Ward

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