Denver, Colorado-based band Woven Hand will be heading to Israel this July to play two shows, one in Jerusalem and one in Tel Aviv. This is very good news for fans of singer-songwriter-guitarist David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower fame, who founded Woven Hand in 2001 as a solo side project. While Woven Hand’s dark, deeply religious alternative-country predecessor disbanded in 2005, Edwards’s small solo project has continued to evolve at a startling pace, releasing the widely-acclaimed Consider the Birds in 2004 and following it up with the beautiful, sorrowful Mosaic in 2006.Where 16 Horsepower’s roots in both blues and Christianity were easy to put a finger on, Woven Hand’s influences are more varied and vague, with folk-country, Americana and Nick Cave-esque post-rock being the most obvious. Though its musical style differs from the swamp-gospel vibe of 16 Horsepower, the familiar aura of tortured spirituality takes center stage in Woven Hand with lyrical themes drawing on faith, loyalty and human nature, as well as extremes such as sin and redemption. The thorny beauty, enchanting intensity and rich musical variety – from banjo solos to minor-key piano melodies to well-placed accents of distortion – will surely make for a rewarding live show.Woven Hand play Jerusalem’s Yellow Submarine club on July 2 and Tel Aviv’s Barby club on the following evening.