|"Red Man, A Tribute" • 12.5"X6" • graphite pencil, watercolor|
Last weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting one of my heroes, David Eugene Edwards.
My husband Jamie got me into his music a few years ago, but in this last year or two it has really taken hold of me. I think my obsession with Bison and this nostalgia for a lost wilderness dovetailed with the haunting Gothic Americana of Wovenhand and the dark, mountain bluegrass of his earlier project, 16Horsepower. Much of the stuff in his lyrics are rich in Christian imagery, holy and humble, and speaks of a God that is at once terrifying and tender. There were times that the music of Wovenhand was the only thing that kept me believing in YHWH, or at least kept me wanting Him to be real.
Suffice it to say that this music has become part of my "life soundtrack," if you will, and it means a lot to me. And fronting all of it is the strange, enigmatic, rock star from Denver named David Eugene Edwards. You guys, he's just SO COOL.
So here's the story:
When Chelsea Wolfe announced that she was touring with Wovenhand I was thrilled... seriously, there could not be a better match made in heaven for a rock show in my opinion. We've seen Wovenhand in concert twice before so I was only a little disappointed that their set was less than an hour before Chelsea Wolfe took the stage (she'll get a future post). Once her show began I was feeling overcrowded and overheated so I wiggled my way out of the packed black-clad crowd to get some fresh air in the lobby.
|"Red Man" with raw edges|
I made my way up to the balcony to listen to Chelsea Wolfe's performance. At that point I was going over and over in my head about this 30 second conversation I just had with another human being, sort of horrified but excited. I'm still embarrassed by how star-struck I was, and by the subsequent 24-hour anxiety attack I had over it, but c'est la vie.
|"Red Man" detail|
This is the first band/musician tribute I've finished (not the first I've started, and hopefully not the last I'll finish). I don't really know what to do with it now. Should I send it to him? David Eugene Edwards, if you're reading this and you want a drawing of yourself from your tour with Chelsea Wolfe in 2015, please tell me how to get it to you. Also send me a photo of your left arm so I can finish drawing your tattoo first. Thank you!
EDIT: Found a pic on @sargenthouse's instagram of his arm. NOW IT IS COMPLETE.
♥ Ciara Kay