Maybe you’ve heard about the amazing alt-country scene in Denver, Colorado, maybe you haven’t. If you have, you probably already know that Wovenhand’s seventh full-length album (sixth studio release), The Threshingfloor, came out June 22 on Sounds Familyre, but if you’re one of those who scorn anything with “Southern gothic” or gospel leanings in the description, then you might have dismissed David Eugene Edwards’ existence completely. A grave mistake.
The Threshingfloor was recorded in Denver at Absinthe Studios, the stomping grounds of his Americana peers Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and 16 Horsepower. In fact, the whole Denver gang is a sort of incestuous conglomerate of tattooed men in Western hats: Edwards was formerly of 16 Horsepower, along with Wovenhand bandmate Pascal Humbert; drummer Ordy Garrison used to drum for Slim Cessna; and just to tie it together, The Threshingfloor was co-produced by Edwards and Robert Ferbrache, a longtime collaborator/producer for Wovenhand and 16HP.
The themes and sounds of the new album extend beyond the Southwest and Colorado, however, by taking in Eastern and Balkan vibes. Don’t believe me? Download “His Rest” from the new album here to find out for yourself. Who doesn’t like cultural fusion these days?
So why are we reporting on an album that came out last month? Well, as many artists tend to do, Wovenhand is touring in support of said release. The month of July is all Europe, but this fall, he takes the stage with Serena-Maneesh. Now come on, Jay Munly, and release a new album too!
07.09.10 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07.10.10 - Cluses, France - Musiques en Stock Festival
07.12.10 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
07.13.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Sommerbuhne/Rote Fabrik
07.14.10 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
07.15.10 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival *
07.16.10 - Carhaix-Plouguer, France - Les Vieilles Charrues *
09.24.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater ^
09.25.10 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon ^
09.26.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room ^
09.28.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
09.29.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot ^
09.30.10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Ladies Literary Club ^
10.01.10 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison ^
10.02.10 - Montreal, QB - Il Motore ^
10.03.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (upstairs) ^
10.04.10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Knitting Factory ^
10.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas ^
10.07.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 ^
10.08.10 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffee House ^
10.09.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl ^
10.10.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern ^
10.12.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe ^
10.13.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft ^
10.14.10 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk ^
10.15.10 - Lubbock, TX - Bash Riprocks in the Depot ^
10.16.10 - Santa Fe, NM - Corazon ^
^ Serena Maneesh