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Formed as a trio in 2013 on the street corners of Crested Butte and the back corner of an old schoolhouse turned bar north of Durango, CO; The Outskirts have always enjoyed plucking strings with friends till the wee hours of the night.
Not wanting to be just another bluegrass band, Jim Figora and Aaron Cooklin added members one by one to form a six piece electric string band. First came Alex “Howie” Howard on electric bass, who has a funk and jazz background. Then came Keith Dunning on drums to hold down the beat and occasionally step up front to belt out a blues number. The Outskirts were finally complete with the addition of Alex Forsthoff on lead guitar. His soaring, yet articulate guitar riffs delightfully complement the fast fingerpicking of the acoustic instruments.
While the Outskirts certainly pay homage to the Colorado jamgrass pioneers, you are equally likely to hear the influence of their rock and roll heroes. From timeless Grateful Dead classics to the southern twang of the Drive-By-Truckers to the songwriting of Justin Townes Earl they can run the gamut, blending it all into what they affectionately call prog folk rock. The Outskirts hope to see you on the dance floor!
Aaron Cooklin - Mandolin Jim Figora - Banjo, Vocals, Uncomfortable Eye Solos Alex Howard - Bass Keith Dunning - Drums Alex Forsthoff - Electric Guitar