June 02, 2017
The sound from the mountains of Appalachia has long been swelling at its banks, on the verge of spilling over the confines of folk and electronic music convention. The Woodsheep aim to highlight the diversity, creativity, and storytelling that abound in their ever-evolving eastern Kentucky home, by shoring up their own roots with a creative blend of Kentucky folk instruments, poetic lyrics, soaring vocal harmonies, and lo-fidelity electronic flare. Andrew Preston (featured songwriter by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2015), David Austin Tackett (finalist for Hoedown In the Holler), Melissa Caskey, and Matt Holleran (both affiliated with the prestigious Mountain Music Ambassadors of the KY Center for Traditional Music) formed The Woodsheep in late 2015. In only a year they’ve collected an impressive repertoire of original indie music, Appalachian folk standards, and a year-long North American tour to promote their debut record, Watching Mars. This has earned them regional success and a reputation for quirky showmanship and fine-crafted musical skill. They have performed at venues, festivals, and radio, including The Purple Fiddle, The World of Bluegrass Festival, and Bear Radio Network; and have worked with acts including Jesse Wells of The Wooks, Jocelyn Mackenzie of Pearl and the Beard, and The McLain Family Band.
Featured as part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 Songwriter Showcase.
“Make no mistake that [The Woodsheep] are the real deal. Their voices blend really well, and their songs are equally good: a rarity a la Everly Brothers. They restored my faith in music and hipster beards.” –The Outhouse Blog
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