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Sleepercar is the alt-country side project of Jim Ward, vocalist and guitarist for Sparta.

Sleepercar’s beginning can be traced back to the end of At the Drive-In. The oldest Sleepercar song, “Fences Down”, was written during a sound check at one of At the Drive-In’s last shows. After the band had parted ways, Ward had expressed interest in the genre of alt-country and thought about starting a band to pursue it. However, Sparta was formed and it became the main focus. During down time between Sparta albums and tours, Ward worked on finishing Sleepercar material. It would take several writing sessions before the songs had achieved their final incarnations. During these sessions, Ward was introduced to Chris Heinrich. Heinrich would go on to perform pedal steel guitar on the Sparta album Threes, Ukulele on Ward’s Quiet EP, and finally pedal steel for Sleepercar. Micah Adams (guitar), Clint Myers (drums), Ward’s father Jeff Ward (bass), and Gabriel Gonzalez (piano) rounded out the line-up during the early practices. Gonzalez has also performed in Sparta during the band’s earlier tours for Wiretap Scars.

In 2005, Sleepercar was approached to open a show in El Paso. They would perform with a revised line up now including Matthew Schmitz on drums and Ward’s brother in law Clay Anderson on guitar.


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  • Williamsst

    Listening after some years. Same sensation, very good album.

    4 Mar 12:24am Reply
  • liam7777

    First listen...will be back. Nice!

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • HusqyisonLastfm

    this man is a genius, simply put.

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • evilralphwiggum

    Love West Texas. Just got a copy and I think it's my favorite thing Jim Ward has put out so far.

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • devinsetsfire

    @Hassergam because people ignore true talent! hense why the music industry sucks today, ward was the true genius of atdi and ill support him till hes done with music

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Hassergam

    sweet! Kinda annoys me that people give too much attention to Mars Volta and ignore Jim's post-atdi work. I've enjoyed sparta, sleepercar and his solo project more than those mars volta guys. Psh, just saying

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
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    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • dziadek_1989


    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ru1ner

    Not too shabby. Sparta was getting stale.

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • GeatishHero

    Saw him live with City and Colour. Blew me away, especially Wednesday Nights.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • xWherewolfx

    Another Sleepercar release would complete my life.

    16 Jan 2010 Reply
  • alexsanneh

    Very good album listened to it nonstop during Spring 2008, whats next Jim?

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • jkal47

    I have a special place in my heart for this album since I'm from Texas, and west TX fascinated me as a child. There is nothing I love more than when an artist is able to capture the aura and general feel of a specific geographic location, and Jim Ward achieved that with West Texas. I would love to see a follow up release.

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Omar: "Jim who?"

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • ISeeYouPan

    Okay, I like this; it's really good, but I wish there was a little more going on. Maybe if they make a second album all the pieces will fit together, but not yet.

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • GrannyGreen

    This is good stuff.

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • turock91

    y sparta??? ke pasa?? jjejejejejje buen sonido buenos integrantes¡¡¡ I LOVE SPARTA, AND ATDI¡¡

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • ISeeYouPan

    If Jim calls it Alt-Country I think we should to. I mean he is the artist and we're just the fans. Just saying guys.

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • musicandmisery

    No, nothing about it is.

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • matisonfire

    you wouldnt call sleepercar alt country? hmm

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
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