Wovenhand (also stylized Woven Hand) is an American alternative country band from Denver, Colorado, led by former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards. Wovenhand's music combines influences from Southern Gothic music, old-time music, folk music, gospel music, and rock and roll, among other genres and styles of music.[1]

Wovenhand's songs are known for their strong and unsettling Biblical references,[2] influenced by Edwards' atypically dark approach to his Christian faith.[3]

History

The band began in 2001 as a solo project for Edwards while 16 Horsepower was taking a temporary hiatus.[4] Wovenhand's first live shows were performed by Edwards and multi-instrumentalist Daniel McMahon; the self-titled debut album was released in 2002 on Glitterhouse Records. Performances following this record featured Edwards, McMahon, drummer Ordy Garrison and cellist Paul Fonfara. 2003 saw the release of Blush Music, the score to a dance performance mostly composed of reworked material from the first record. Touring behind this album featured Shane Trost replacing Fonfara.

In 2004, Consider the Birds was released on the Sounds Familyre label, which has also released the previous Wovenhand releases domestically. Edwards performed the bulk of the instrumentation in the studio; he and Garrison toured behind the record as a two-piece. 16 Horsepower disbanded the following year, and Edwards further focused his attention on Wovenhand. Peter van Laerhoven, a Belgian guitarist, was added to the lineup, while McMahon and Trost became inactive with the group.

After 2006's Mosaic, Pascal Humbert, a founding member of 16 Horsepower, became the band's bassist. 2008's Ten Stones was the first record from the group written and performed collaboratively – the project had thus evolved into a proper band, albeit with Edwards firmly at its head. In 2009, the band operated as a three-piece, sans Van Laerhoven.

Their fifth studio album, The Threshingfloor was released in June 2010. Shortly thereafter, the group announced touring plans opening for the progressive metal band Tool.[5]

September 2012 saw the release of Wovenhand's sixth studio album, The Laughing Stalk, produced by Alexander Hacke (who along with Edwards is participating in the reunion of Australian post-punk band Crime And The City Solution). Wovenhand's lineup for the album was changed once again, as Humbert quit and new bassist Gregory Garcia Jr. along with second guitarist Chuck French were brought in. The resulting record was described as being "the most heavy incarnation that ever existed of Wovenhand".[6]

Ordy Garrison died on July 4, 2023.[7]

Discography

Studio albums

AlbumDetailsPeak positions
NL
[8]
SWE
[9]
BEL
(FL)

[10]
BEL
(WA)

[11]
GER
[12]
FRA
[13]
SWI
[14]
NOR
[15]
AUT
[16]
Woven Hand
  • Released:March 25, 2002
  • Label:Glitterhouse Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Vinyl LP
Consider the Birds
  • Released:September 27, 2004
  • Label:Glitterhouse Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Vinyl LP
74
Mosaic
  • Released:June 16, 2006
  • Label:Glitterhouse Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Vinyl LP
9043
Ten Stones
  • Released:September 9, 2008
  • Label:Glitterhouse Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Vinyl LP
855240143
The Threshingfloor
  • Released:June 22, 2010
  • Label:Glitterhouse Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Vinyl LP
395623
The Laughing Stalk
  • Released:September 7, 2012
  • Label:Glitterhouse Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Vinyl LP
563341118
Refractory Obdurate
  • Released:April 29, 2014
  • Label:Glitterhouse Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Vinyl LP
4149116
Star Treatment
  • Released:September 9, 2016
  • Label:Glitterhouse Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Vinyl LP
524080889266
Silver Sash16257

Other

  • Blush Music (2003) [performance score]
  • Blush (Original Score) (2003) [performance score]
  • Puur (2006) [performance score]
  • Black of the Ink (2011) [Book + 6-track EP re-recorded Best-of]
  • Live at Roepaen (2012) [CD/2LP + DVD]

References

  1. ^ Wovenhand, AllMusic
  2. ^ "Wovenhand: Refractory Obdurate". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
  3. ^ Wovenhand: David Eugene Edwards speaks at length to pastor Jonathan Hanley, https://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/, Retrieved 7-2-21
  4. ^ "Woven Hand: David Eugene Edwards' latest project". Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Wovenhand Announce Tour with Tool and New Album Release, Antimusic.com, retrieved June 16, 2010
  6. ^ Kropf, Katrin (April 9, 2012). "Wovenhand – The Laughing Stalk". Nothing but Hope and Passion. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  7. ^ Cox, Aubrey. "Remembering Gary "Ordy" Garrison". Westword. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
  8. ^ "Discografie Wovenhand" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on September 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Wovenhand discography". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  10. ^ "Disografie Wovenhand" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  11. ^ "Discographie Wovenhand" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  12. ^ "Discographie von Wovenhand". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  13. ^ "Wovenhand discography". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  14. ^ "Discography Wovenhand". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  15. ^ "Discography Wovenhand". Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  16. ^ "Discographie Wovenhand". austriancharts.at (in German). Retrieved July 6, 2022.

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