This is the fourth in a series on local bands.

The Colorado Springs band Woodshed Red is heavy on the strings, with four-fifths of the band playing fiddle, bass, guitar and mandolin and the remaining member on drums.

The band, formed in May 2013, prefers to call its brand of toe-tapping music "Funky Dance-Grass," a jamming mix of rock, bluegrass, funk and blues. It plays original music as well as a few covers, such as Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

The band is Rob Fulton on guitar/vocals, Jason Gilmore on mandolin, Craig Haughton on upright bass, Skye Lewis on drums, and Deirdre McCarthy on violin.

Woodshed Red got rolling when Fulton and Haughton were playing together in another band and started their own group with just bass and guitar, booking private gigs. They decided they needed to add on, and Haughton asked fiddle player McCarthy to perform with them. Lewis, the drummer, happened to be at that show.

"Basically that week I went and tried out, and we practiced and we came up with the name Woodshed Red," Lewis said. "Our original plan was to do side gigs - private events, weddings."

Gilmore is the newest addition to the band, coming on in 2017.

"I knew Jason (Gilmore) from the music scene. We invited him to sit in on one gig with us, and then another, and then we asked him to play with us all the time," Lewis said.

More and more, Woodshed Red is performing in other Colorado towns. The band's schedule includes more "away" gigs than not, but you'll still see them play in the Springs.

"We'll never abandon the Springs," Lewis said. "We love it here, and we love our fans that come out to our shows here. It's our hometown. But we are trying to also develop a larger following in Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins. Would like to start playing more in Western Slope towns. We're trying to build our whole Colorado following, but we will continue to play the Springs quite a bit. We're also trying to get some more opening slots for some bigger bands and festivals. We play away from here more than we play here in Colorado Springs."

Woodshed Red recently played with popular jam band Leftover Salmon at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. They had opened for Leftover Salmon in the past and found it to be great exposure.

Lewis said the best part of performing is the high energy.

"We all just get along so well as friends. Usually we're all just in a good mood, put on a good show, and explore some new territory musically," he said.

"Part of our sound is trying to improvise and jam out. We just love what we do and are always super excited to be on stage."

Woodshed Red just released its second album, "Live in Manitou." Its first album, "Rosin on the Bow," dropped in 2014.

"I would say it's the best representation of our live show," Lewis said of the new album. "We're really happy with how it turned out and the sound quality, which sounds more like a studio album. We're also excited about putting out three new original songs, one old one and five covers. It's a good blend."

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Michelle is editor of Pikes Peak Newspapers: Pikes Peak Courier; The Tribune; and the Cheyenne and Woodmen editions. A Penn State journalism graduate, she joined the Gazette in 2015.

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