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Kelsey’s Woods – When The Morning Comes Around

May 26, 2015

Watch interview here

When I asked Dave Kennedy of Kelsey’s Woods if he considered their music to be country or Americana, I already knew the answer, but I wanted to ask him anyway. Due to the unfortunate uprising of bro country, radio country, pop country, or whatever you want to call it, the term “Americana” gets thrown around a lot more. Nobody wants to lump real honest-to-God country music in the representation of the genre that currently dominates the radio waves.

Bands like Kelsey’s Woods will get categorized as Americana or roots rock from time to time for that very reason, but make no mistake, When The Morning Comes Around is pure country. In fact, this record is everything that is great about country music. It’s twangy. It’s genuine. It speaks to the heart of any southern man and/or woman. And for good measure, at least one song has “whiskey” in the title.

If you want to hear more Kelsey’s Woods, you can check out their Bandcamp. Also, be on the lookout for upcoming shows of theirs including June 25th on The Market Square Stage.

More WTMCA press!

From Knoxville Mercury:

Kelsey’s Woods: ‘When the Morning Comes Around’

In Music ReviewsMusic Stories by Matthew Everett May 20, 2015

Kelsey’s Woods
When the Morning Comes Around

The debut album from Kelsey’s Woods, One More Heart to Break, was a lovely little country-rock downer, full of moody ballads of broken hearts and romantic laments decorated with fiddle and steel guitar. The band’s new disc showcases the group’s other side, with a bunch of plugged-in Lucero-style anthems about bad women, long road trips, and drinking binges. The new songs are strengthened by a new lineup—the former trio has expanded to a quintet, led by lead singer Dave Kennedy and fortified by Stevie Jones’ piano and organ—and better production, which gives even the relatively stripped-down tracks like “Bottle to Forget” and “Whiskey and Cocaine” cinematic scope. Kennedy is also a much more confident writer and singer than he was on One More Heart to Break, matching the band’s instrumental upgrades.

Kelsey’s Woods hasn’t exactly turned into a party band—When the Morning Comes Around is more like the soundtrack to the squinty-eyed hours after the bars have closed but before the whiskey has run out than a screaming good-time record. But the band’s newly revealed polish and confidence puts them near the top of a crowded local roots-rock field.


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