Who We Are
Musicians, Songwriters, Educators
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.
Andrew Preston, a featured songwriter by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and David Austin Tackett, a finalist for Hoedown In The Holler, met as Morehead State students at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music in 2015 and formed the folk duet known as The Woodsheep.
Soon after, the duo were joined by bassist Melissa Caskey and drummer Matt Holleran. The Woodsheep perform in many configurations, bringing together Tackett and Preston's vocal harmonies and songwritign with Holleran and Caskey, as well as inviting other musicians into the band from time to time. The contrast among the group lent itself to a blend of simple and infectious melodies, soaring vocal harmonies, contemplative lyrics, and foot-stomping rhythm. Their shows have since gained a reputation for mixing light-heartedness and nostalgia with inspired lyrics and arrangements; original indie songs mingle readily with old time Appalachian folk tunes.
In 2016, The Woodsheep released their debut record, Watching Mars, followed by a wildly successful record release tour. In only a year, they have collected an impressive repertoire of original indie music, Appalachian folk standards, and a year-long North American tour to promote the record, earning them regional and international success, a reputation for quirky showmanship, and fine-crafted musical skill.
They have performed at private and public venues, radio, television, and festivals, including the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival, WYMT, The Purple Fiddle, and Bear Radio Network. The Woodsheep have worked with acts including Jocelyn Mackenzie of Pearl and the Beard, The McLain Family Band, and The Price Sisters. All four main members of The Woodsheep have been part of Raymond McLain’s prestigious Mountain Music Ambassadors of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.
In 2017, the announcement of a hefty spring-summer tour and new single “Perspective of a Winter Leaf” marked the focus on a sophomore record. In 2017, The Woodsheep embarked on their first international tour to The People's Republic of China as part of The Mountain Music Ambassadors, alongside Raymond McLain and Sarah Wood. Their sophomore record, Sleeping Under Stars, is set for release in March of 2018, accompanied by a year-long North American tour.
The Woodsheep encompass the growing culture of the mountains by tangling their own roots with those of the past. Tradition is ongoing and ever changing, and they hope to join you in forging it together.