Kory and Kelsey Wells’ words and music go together like peaches and cream. Like meat and potatoes. Like pintos and cornbread.
The Tennessee duo's act has been called “hillbilly cool” and “moving, fun, spiritual and sassy.” The mother and daughter have performed at book festivals, bookstores, libraries, museums and other venues, including WDVX Knoxville’s live radio show, the Blue Plate Special.
Kory Wells, the mom, serves up the words. A poet and creative writer whose work appears in numerous publications, she's author of the poetry collection HEAVEN WAS THE MOON (March Street Press). Her writing reflects the influences of Southern small town life, contemporary suburban sprawl, and her Southern Appalachian roots. Her novel-in-progress was a William Faulkner competition finalist, and her “standout” nonfiction has been praised by Ladies’ Home Journal.
Kory's words are a good match for Kelsey’s old-time style of fiddling, clawhammer banjo, washboard, and more. The younger Wells accompanies her mom’s words with renditions of old-time standards like “Cluck Old Hen” and “Shady Grove,” as well as original tunes.
Kelsey Wells came into the world with her feet still, her mouth shut, and her eyes wide open. Since then, she has discovered the joys of old-time music, Appalachian dancing, and various other traditional arts. The 2012 Traditional Fiddling Champion at Uncle Dave Macon Days has also garnered honors in past years at the Great Southern Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention and in the Grand Master Traditional Fiddler Championship. An alumna of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, she now teaches fiddle and performs frequently in Tennessee and beyond.