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Organ point of inspiration in new music

Denver-based indie band Wovenhand led by David Eugene Edwards is touring in support of its latest release “The Laughing Stalk,” which was released earlier this year.
Denver-based indie band Wovenhand led by David Eugene Edwards is touring in support of its latest release “The Laughing Stalk,” which was released earlier this year.
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Sometimes David Eugene Edwards doesn’t feel like performing, but he’ll push through. In fact, during the second half of his current tour, while he was in Europe, he fell ill but wanted to continue the show.

“We were flying everywhere and I just got sick,” he says during a recent interview. “What is difficult about this is that I knew it was going to happen. But night after night, I just wanted to be on stage and perform.”

Edwards is the brains behind Denver-based indie band Wovenhand. The band combines elements of folk, alternative country, post-rock, punk industrial and Native American music. Its latest album is “The Laughing Stalk,” which was released earlier this year.

Edwards says the material for his current album was about a year in the making.

“Some of the songs had been written long before others, which is normally the case,” he says. “But what was different on this album is that most of it was written on an organ.”

Edwards says when heading into the studio, having the demos all done with an organ made the transition much easier.

“The organ already has a full sound, so I was able to put all of it together quickly,” he says. “I restructured the songs and recorded all of the tracks over the course of two days.”

Wovenhand
WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27
WHERE: Sol at Santa Fe Brewing, 37 Fire Place, Santa Fe
HOW MUCH: $12 at www.ticketssantafe.org or 505-988-1234

In addition to creating new music, Edwards was left with the task of filling two positions in his band. The band’s lineup changed as Pascal Humbert quit and new bassist Gregory Garcia Jr. along with second guitarist Chuck French were brought in.

Yet, the changes didn’t deter Edwards.

“I have known these guys for years, so it wasn’t very difficult to find the players,” he says. “And when it came to the music, we were all starting fresh and they were there from the beginning of this album. It was no different on how I would play on any other album.”

Although it seems like Edwards has his hands full with Wovenhand, there’s more on his plate. Aside from being a founding member of the band, he also is a member of the group Crime and the City Solution.

“I’ve been home for a little while now and just resting up to get on my tour,” he says. “I’m lucky in that I have two projects that don’t really overlap each other at all. When I tour with one band, I’m off from the other. It’s a weird thing to do, but it works for me.”

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