The Woodsheep will make their debut appearance on the Live On Electric Avenue stage to open this 10th anniversary season.

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), and Austin Tackett (Flemingsburg native and finalist for Hoedown In the Holler), met as Morehead State University 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 contrast among the group lent itself to a blend of simple and infectious melodies, soaring vocal harmonies, contemplative lyrics, and foot-stomping rhythms.

In 2016, The Woodsheep released their debut record, Watching Mars, followed by a successful record release tour. In only a year, they had 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 and a reputation for quirky showmanship and fine-crafted musical skill. What began as a folk duet quickly shifted into full arrangements of original jazz, folk, and experimental pop inspired pieces, inviting other musicians into the mix for varied sets focused primarily on the theatrical writing of Tackett and Preston.

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. The Woodsheep embarked on their first international stint to The People’s Republic of China, alongside Raymond McLain and Sarah Wood. They have also 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.

Their sophomore record, Sleeping Under Stars, was released May 11 after the release of the lead single, “Lost”. 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.

We would like to thank our sponsors for making this summer’s music series available. Partners: City of Flemingsburg; Bald Hill Music Studio; Double S Entertainment; Ken’s New Market; Adams Refrigeration. Platinum Sponsors: Peoples Bank; Sims Dairy Queen. Gold Sponsors: Cheap Chevrolet; Steve Donovan; Wayne Grannis Insurance, Inc.

Silver Sponsors: Baldwin CPAs; Buffalo Trace Family Health Care; Hypac Hydraulics, Inc.; Marsha McCartney; Toyo Seat USA. Bronze Sponsors: Community Trust Bank; Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative, Inc.; Fleming County Rotary Club; Grimes Greenhouse Nursery & Florist, LLC; Jill S. Price Dentistry, PLLC; Oh My Darlin’; Peoples Coverage Insurance Agency; Rose Farm Supply, LLC; Suit, Price, Price, and Ruark, PLLC; The Hinton Agency, LLC; US Bank; Woodie & Ginny Reeves.

The show will begin at 7: p.m. on Electric Avenue near City Hall. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music. In case of rain, the show will be moved to Double S Entertainment. All performances are free and open to the public.