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Ward Hayden & The Outliers –
Honky-Tonk Country     

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Sunday July 2nd

8:00pm – 10:30pm          

Ward Hayden & The Outliers – Honky-Tonk Country


Ward Hayden & The Outliers (formerly Girls, Guns & Glory) formed as a way to break from the music so commonly found on popular radio airwaves. Hayden’s foray into country music and early rock ‘n’ roll began with a fateful borrowing of a few of his mother’s cassettes.


It took a few years after that to get the band up and running, and now with a line up featuring Greg Hal on upright/electric bass, Josh Kiggans on drums and Cody Nilsen on lead guitar/pedal steel, the band has cut its teeth the old fashioned way: on the road and on the stage. Since their formation they’ve barnstormed far beyond their Boston hometown, playing honky-tonks, beer joints and more recently concert venues throughout the U.S. They’ve amassed a loyal legion of fans along the way. The media have noticed too, including Rolling Stone, which heralds them as a “modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks.”


Spending much of their young-adult lives relentlessly touring the US and Europe has not been without hardships, but also not without its rewards. The experiences the band has gone through on the road have led to a broader songwriting perspective, but also conditioned the band into a well-oiled machine. And when it comes to versatility and musicianship, these guys are second to none.


Their love for early rock ’n’ roll, true country, raw blues and pretty much any kind of authentic American music branded them quickly as anomalous — and electrifying. The song topics run the gambit of love, hope, work-a-day life, the grind and the results of those experiences on the body and mind.

This band hailing from the Northeast have always been outliers in the world of Country Music, often joking they were born out of time and out of place. But they’ve stayed true to the sounds that inspired them, and the genuine life experiences they’ve gone through no matter where they hail from.


Ward Hayden and The Outliers are a musical force to be reckoned with. From heart wrenching ballads, to foot-stompin’ rock ‘n’ roll, whether live or on record, Ward Hayden and the Outliers deliver every time. We can’t wait for you to be Outliers with them!

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