Featured in the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association
World of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase

"'Simplicity,' as defined by The Woodsheep, is not a lack of sophistication or nuance, but instead a determination to keep their focus uncluttered and clear in order to create rich musical palettes, as they have so successfully done with their debut release, Watching Mars."

“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

"[The Woodsheep] are the Simon and Garfunkel of Kentucky." 
-Rosendale Cafe Guide,
Rosendale, NY

"One thing that is abundantly clear about The Woodsheep is how much they care about the quality of their performance."
-Tara Rueckert, Morehead State University 

Float like a butterfly

when Andrew and Austin

young heavyweight-class beards

stepped into the ring at Pasquale's

banjo and guitar, weaving and bobbing

fingers dancing across the acoustic canvas

channeling Simon and Garfunkle:

in the clearing stands a boxer...

it was a combination punch

little did they realize

how their pure voices stung like a bee

and how they brought some comfort here

the night before they buried The Greatest

from John Rennell Secor's book, 

Boomerang Girl


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 (featured songwriter by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2015) formed The Woodsheep in late 2015, and in only a year 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, earning them international success and a reputation for quirky showmanship and fine-crafted musical skill. As of 2018, they've released their sophomore record, Sleeping Under Stars, followed by another U.S. tour to promote the new music. For most performances, the band is comrpised of Melissa Caskey and Matt Holleran, and have included other musicians in their performances, including former founder Austin Tackett. They have have worked with acts including The Price Sisters, Jocelyn Mackenzie of Pearl and the Beard, and The McLain Family Band. They have toured across the United States, Ireland, the U.K., and The People's Republic of China. Learn More.

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