Kelsey’s Woods is a three/four/more-piece Americana/Roots band hailing from the scruffy little city of Knoxville.

Rooted in the traditional and true sounds of often-forgotten country music, Kelsey’s Woods harkens back to years past when the story was the song.

Combining equal parts of roots, country, folk and a little rock and roll, Kelsey’s Woods boasts three and four-part male harmonies, interchangeable lead singers and all original songs speaking on themes from love, heartbreak, loss, murder, redemption, and the age-old tradition of finding salvation in a whiskey glass.

Kelsey’s Woods hopes that you’ll join them in finding a brand new take on a forgotten but yet old and familiar sound.

Who we are

Dave Kennedy
guitar, mandolin, mouth harp, vox

Russ Torbett
doghouse bass, guitar, vox

Andrew Bryant
drums, vox, whiskey

Austin Stepp
lead guitar, fiddle, vox

Stevie Jones
Hammond organ, honky-tonk piano

Dave Kennedy


After years of paying dues everywhere from dives to theaters, Dave Kennedy has descended on Nashville like whirlwind.

With a voice big enough to grab your attention and songs great enough to hold it, the singer-songwriter and East Tennessee native has spent years developing his craft both as a performer and prolific writer all around the Southeast, and is determined to take his place among the new wave of Americana and more traditional country music artists.

His songs are equal parts heartbreak, redemption, whiskey and truth, which is why he’s quickly becoming a favorite of music fans, songwriters, and artists alike. Dave has spent the last 7 years tirelessly playing and writing in search of the voice and statement he wants to bring to the music he loves.

With ear and heart ever faithful to the country traditions and journeys of those who came before him, his ability to connect with an audience through both his words and performance is a testament to both his traditional roots and his soulful voice, which resonates with or without a microphone.

While he may be a relatively new name in Nashville, he has already written and recorded two full albums with his band Kelsey’s Woods (Knoxville, TN) and with a guitar case full of songs, he is sure to make his mark on Music City sooner than later.