Q&A with Colorado Springs band Woodshed Red
by Heather Jarvis
Woodshed Red is a four-piece band from the Colorado Springs area. Drawing inspiration from bluegrass, blues, funk and rock, the group covers a variety of genres. The group formed in 2013, performing at festivals, bars and private events. The band tours throughout Colorado, and will be playing at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, Sept. 25. Violin player Deirdre McCarthy took some time out before the show to talk about the band.
Describe your music to someone who has never seen Woodshed Red.
Deirdre McCarthy: We cover a wide span of genres, put our own twist on them, improvise a lot, and our instrumentation tends to make it sound a little grassy.
How did the band get started, and what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far?
DM: We all met in the Colorado Springs area, it fell together, started small and has been growing steadily ever since. It’s hard to say what we would consider our biggest accomplishment, but anytime we can connect with a large group of people and surprise them and ourselves with our music, we feel like we’re on the right track.
What is the craziest or weirdest thing that has happened to you either on the road or while playing a show?
DM: That’s a tough one to answer. We’ve driven backwards in a minivan with a trailer down Independence Pass when we realized we weren’t going to make it. We’ve watched dancers drop each other on their heads and seen a number of other dangerous, barely averted disasters on the dance floor. The best answers probably wouldn’t be appropriate for a news article. Maybe we’ll have a good answer to this one after playing at The Snake on Friday.
How would you like to see the band grow in the future?
DM: We would like to continue to build up a strong fan base, continue to grow musically and always find new ways to stay inspired. Our goal is to play like four people all gelling together as one, and to always get better at taking the audience’s energy and using it in our music as we play.
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