Saturday, March 28, 2009

One man brings the house down

One of the best recent decisions that I have made was to pick up a copy of Ten Stones, by Wovenhand. More than just a series of songs, Ten Stones is a total, superfluous story. Every piece in in it's place, and every place necessary. I had never heard of this, somewhat solo project from former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards. With five albums, an enigmatic yet charisma inflamed stage presence, a track for a double album in conjunction with a documentary about Sacred Harp singing, and now a tour of Scandinavia, Wovenhand are at the top of their game.

Edwards plays live with Ordy Garrison, the drummer from Slim Cessna's Auto Club, (another band well worth checking out), and bass player Pascal Humbert, now in the band Lilium, formerly of 16 Horsepower as well. And what a live performance it was. Crafting together the foundation of folk, combined with epic songwriting, and powerful musical composition, these tunesmiths carried the show aloft as if it were their last. The crowd spilled into the crypt-like space to witness this awe inspiring set. I must say, I always heard about the intensity of Wovenhand live, but they went far beyond my expectations.

You can find more updates from the group at their myspace profile here. And, you can also check out their records, and a few more videos here.

Here's a video of Wovenhand performing "Kicking Bird" from the Ten Stones album:

SXSW#15: Wovenhand performing at aQ/WFMU showcase from Denman C Anderson on Vimeo.

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