This is M. Ward. I saw him play live last Friday and he was quite good. His new album "Hold Time" was released a week ago and has several standout tracks. Jailbird and Never Had Nobody Like You (almost a T.Rex clone) currently have me hooked.
He produced the album, wrote most of its tracks, and plays much of it. ELO worshipper Jason Lytle is one of the guest musicians.
While on this topic, Sarah McLachlan's new song U Want Me 2 has some familiar rings to it, 2.