The Woodsheep - Watching Mars
In 2017 America, with all of its contradictions and complexities, it is no longer a cultural resignation to aspire to “live simply,” but is instead an aspiration to find, in the words of Graham Nash, “a code you can live by.”
The Woodsheep, four musical artists – Andrew Preston, Austin Tackett, Melissa Caskey, Matt Holleran -- from the tradition-rich mountains of East Kentucky, begin their highly engaging debut album Watching Mars with “Live Simply,” a tune of disarming directness that matches its lyrical imperative with campfire, sing-along simplicity.
Watching Mars, with its tonal and stylistic variability, sounds more like singer-songwriters bringing their East Kentucky roots to the creative process, rather than an Appalachian traditionalist band seeking to expand their influences. The tracks “Talking Problem,” “Sleeping Man,” and “Why Oh Why” all feature soft, clearly articulated vocal harmonies reminiscent more of early Simon & Garfunkel than anything in the bluegrass tradition. “Talking Problem” is about shyness, “Sleeping Man” a quiet lullaby, and “Why Oh Why” a meditation on the winter season....