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‘A positive force’: The Light Workers were determined to ‘record beautiful music’ during pandemic

Albuquerque-based songwriter Evan Woodward recently released “The Light Workers.” (Courtesy of Eric Alper)

Evan Woodward is grateful for the surprises.

The songwriter makes up half of the alt-pop rock group The Light Workers.

The group’s new single, “Peppermint,” came out of the blue.

Woodward says he was focused on writing and recording earlier this year. In late January, his group partner Anne Luna sent him the demo.

“It surprised her that it resonated so much,” Woodward says. “We have egos and vulnerabilities and this one just blew me away.”

So the pair worked together on the song, which is now available. It can be found on the group’s self-titled album.

Luna plays the upright bass on the track and co-wrote it with her bandmate from the Hard Road Trio.

“This song was crafted surrounded by a tea party set and dress-up wardrobe,” she says in a statement. “The Hard Road Trio was on tour in March – just as COVID-19 was making headlines across the country – and I’d asked Steve Smith from that band to help me out with the song. We set up in his great-niece’s play room, and worked on giving it a different groove and adding more interest in the chorus and bridge.”

Meanwhile Woodward has found success solo with his 2017 album, “Ramblin’ on the Coast Highway.”

The pair joined up in 2018 and haven’t looked back.

“As The Light Workers, our goal is to be a positive force in the universe through music, storytelling, and conveying the complexities of life through song,” Woodward says. “We were only able to rehearse together just once in 2020 before we cut the release, but we were determined to write and record beautiful music even in the face of the pandemic.”

The self-titled album is produced by engineer Ken Riley of Rio Grande Studios. It is currently gaining buzz online being featured on

Anne Luna is one-half of the alt-pop rock outfit The Light Workers. (Courtesy of Tom Dunning Okemah)

Woodword wrote “The Tiny Blue Mountains” and memory-laden tribute to a friend gone too soon in “Free Ride (For Jerry).” Luna wrote “Jeremy,” a moody ode to her man.

“I want the band to be a positive force in music,” Woodward says. “Sure our themes can be heavy, but we’re focusing on the positive feelings. There are a million things we can complain about, we want the music to speak on its own terms.”

The album closes with a cover of Neil Young’s cult classic, “Albuquerque” – which, when played in the New Mexico town, often surprises audiences as they’re unfamiliar with it, something The Light Workers aim to remedy.

“We play this to end every show,” Woodward says. “This is a great song and it’s so fun to perform.”

Woodward is also heading into the studio in October to record his sophomore release.

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