03/15/2013 02:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: ZZ Ward is Clearly Catchy 'Fire'

A praised debut album. Sold-out shows. Sexy hats. Yep, 2012 was the year of ZZ Ward and clearly she's making 2013 her bitch as well. The sultry bluesy singer/songwriter - not the love child between classic rockers ZZ Top and character actor Fred Ward (it's not possible anyway) - got more mileage than a cheap pair of sneakers with her critically-lauded debut Til The Casket Drops last year, and is currently selling-out shows with with Delta Rae as part of their "Fire and Shine" co-headlining tour. She's also hitting the festival circuit this spring and summer. Speaking of which, is it me or are there way too many music festivals these days? It just seems like even Sheboygan has a fest this year. Actually maybe they don't. Get with the program, Sheboyganians!

Anyway, earlier this month, Ward, a native of Oregon which I'm banking has a summer music festival of their own, filmed an A-Sides session at the Primary Wave Music's "Listening Room" in NYC. There, she performed two tracks off her killer debut album, and discussed their meanings. Watch "365 Days" below and visit for an exclusive performance of "Put the Gun Down." Watch (thanks to Alexander Stein for filming), listen, and love it!

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.