Welcome, y’all- glad you made it!


Wednesday, January 9th:

Wow.  Ten years ago tonight, we played our first real show ever. It was at Barley’s in Knoxville for the Snow Day benefit. Our good friend Khann was the organizer and knew that we needed a gig to get started. She gave us a spot on the bill, but we didn’t even have a name yet. So, we missed the first round of posters and show bills because they couldn’t list us as “New Band with No Name Yet”! We scrambled and found our name a couple days later and made the second round of posters and digital/print ads (digital ads in 2009 were relatively primitive back then).
Also, back then, we were a much different band: 2 gals, 2 guys, not a lot of electric instruments, and no drums. We were much quieter and folky then (we still can be, but the rowdy gets in the way sometimes  most of the time!). Here we are back then, from left to right: Russ Torbett, Shawna Cyphers, Tasha East, Dave Kennedy. The ladies have since moved on, but were an instrumental piece of the band and getting KW up off the ground and rolling.
Through the years, we shared stages with Sturgill Simpson, Robert Earl Keen, Shooter Jennings, Kix Brooks, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Drivin N Cryin, the Cadillac Three, Hayes Carll, the Steeldrivers, Chris Knight, Delta Deep, Confederate Railroad, Roger Alan Wade, Darrell Scott,  Holly Williams, Shonna Tucker, Shovels & Rope, the Wild Feathers, Ben Sollee, My Brightest Diamond, Roger Clyne, and tons more!
Well, with that being said, ten years later, with 2 full albums, an eight song EP, a short live album, and hundreds of shows (…yes friends,  hundreds! Russ is working on counting them all to get an actual number…ballpark guess, between 300-500), here we are today…still playing,  with the same 5 dudes for several years now (Dave, Russ, Andrew, Austin, Stevie), louder and rowdier than ever, and not looking to stop anytime soon!
We’d like to invite y’all to the original scene of the crime for one hell of a party on Saturday, February 9th at Barley’s in Knoxville to celebrate ten years of music, laughs, whiskey, and fun! We’re bringing some local and East Tennessee All-Stars with us, too, so you never know who’s gonna be there playing with us! Follow the link for more details, but here’s the short story…we hope to see you there!
Grab your Kelsey’s Woods #SinForTen gear here and be ready to rock on Saturday, February 9th!
Tuesday, January 1:

We’re gearing up for our 10 Year Anniversary in early 2019! Check out our new and limited edition “Livin’ in Sin Since 2009” KW gear! We made less than 50 of each of these, so get them now while you can so you can have them at our 10 Year Anniversary shows coming up soon (…more to come on that…)! Order NOW here!

#SinForTen #StillSinning #KWBIGTIME

Sunday, December 30:
Enjoy with friends and family! Do it big, and do it right! See y’all soon!
Sunday, December 23:
Tuesday, November 27th:

Tuesday, 11/27 is the day! Tune in tonight to see our Dave Kennedy on USA’s Real Country show at 10pm est!




Cyber Monday 2018 – November 26th

TODAY! Head over to www.KelseysWoods.bandcamp.com and grab NEW KW gear that celebrates our upcoming 10 year annivesary in early 2019! It’s super limited, so order now! Also, check out new deals and packages!



WATCH DAVE KENNEDY on USA Network’s “Real Country” 

Tuesday, November 13, 10 p.m. ET.


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.