Welcome Home CD is currently NUMBER ONE on the Top 30 Cowboy/Western Albums. Plus track #5 “Orphans Preferred” written by Jean Prescott and Dennis Goodwin is NUMBER TWO on the 10 Most Played Songs by Western Music DJs! (Western Way Magazine Vol.27 Issue1 Winter2017). PLUS we are so honored that out of the 100 Most Heard Contemporary Western Artists as reported by Western Music DJs in 2016; Barry Ward was ranked at Number 11; plus under the Most Played Albums in 2016, the Welcome Home CD was ranked at Number 29 and Distant Furrows CD and Lonesome County Road CD both were tied at Number 39; and finally in the 100 Most Heard Artists on Western Music Programs, Barry was ranked at Number 13. There is about 600 contemporary western artists in the world so thank you Jesus and to all of the DJs that play our music!
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“Welcome Home” Review by Bob Everhart
Barry Ward is a cowboy who makes his home in Kansas. He’s a remarkable western vocalist, and songwriter. He has no less than five incredible gifted ‘message’ songs on this CD that he wrote.
Barry has the military and veterans on his mind. He knows what they are going through, ‘The Brave and The Free.’ A couple more songs like “Freedom at Last” and “Welcome Home” also bring us to a realization of what America is all about, and what it would not be about if it weren’t for our military. He makes it plain in his liner notes…. “THANK YOU, and I especially want to thank our Vietnam Veterans who sadly never got the homecoming they so desperately deserved. It is to these courageous and unselfish soldiers that I say “Welcome Home.”
Barry Ward is a remarkable songwriter. The ability to put in a few words the ‘feelings’ of an entire nation is no easy task, but he also has the voice to go with his original writings. It’s that combination of talents that makes Barry Ward rise above the mundane and produce remarkable music that really does have something to say. In today’s world, perhaps ‘music’ is the best route to take. Everything seems to be a toss-up no matter what you do or say, and if it gets to high on the political scale it’s protesters and destructors who demand their voice be heard, whether they are right or not. For me I’d much rather put on a Barry Ward CD and listen my way to satisfaction.
Ward has an amazing selection of terrific musicians on this CD, and the studio engineer did a fantastic job mixing it just right. I really like the way he did John Denver’s song “Back Home Again” beginning with just a single rhythm guitar, and then quietly and gently adding the rest of the musicians. What a neat way to do this song. He also does it on “America The Beautiful” very inspiring and very well done. I still like some of the classics of country music, and Barry has two really good ones on this project, “North to Alaska” and “Wings Of A Dove.”
Super neat album, just right for an opportunity for any listener to direct their thoughts and feelings back to a better, stronger, and more appreciative America. Off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.(Read more…)
Rick Huff’s Best Of The West Reviews
– Barry Ward “Welcome Home”
Former WMA Male Performer Of The Year Barry Ward’s newest release is one that was obviously assigned a different mission than usual. There’s less specific Western content here, but Bear’s fans won’t mind a bit.
The title track is a tough song about the cold shoulder accorded the Vietnam-era vets when they returned from their war. And much of the CD is patriotic or religious in nature. Two of the cover songs offered are “North To Alaska” and John Denver’s “Back Home Again,” both considered to be Western (or close). One of the album picks is a Pony Express song from Dennis Goodwin & Jean Prescott called “Orphans Preferred.” One of the Western picks from Barry’s originals is “Lilacs In The Wind,” but the power of some of his others is unarguable. Recommended. Fourteen tracks total.
CD: (available through www.BarryWardMusic.com)
– by Rick Huff’s Best Of The West Reviews
“Welcome Home” by multiple award-winning singer-songwriter Barry Ward is his twelfth album release to date. This CD captures an eclectic gallery of genres and interests, spanning from the back of a horse in God’s creation to the gold mines of Alaska! The title cut “Welcome Home,” honoring our Vietnam Veterans, has received standing ovation reviews. And with your order of this CD, you will receive a free DVD of the music video “Welcome Home” that is shown below. To get yours today, click on the this link to the Merchandise Page.
Highlights of Barry’s Career
- 2015 Western CD of the Year by the Rural Roots Music Commission
- 2014 Western Music Male Vocalist, Academy of Western Artists
- 2014 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee, Cowboy Artist/Entertainer
- 2014 Western CD of the Year, Rural Roots Music Commission
- 2013 Male Performer of the Year, Western Music Association
- 2012 Western Music Song of the Year, Academy of Western Artists
- 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year, Western Music Division of the Country Gospel Music Association
“Harvest in the Fall” song featured in the documentary film ‘The Great American Wheat Harvest’
Guest Co-host RFD-TV Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire
First Western music entertainer to perform in Cameroon, Africa 2010
Performed at the Cultural Olympiad 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah
‘The Great American Cowboy Concert’ at Carnegie Hall in New York City 2003)