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EDITORS’ NOTES

Dead Man Winter includes three members of the Minneapolis bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles (singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Simonett, fiddler Ryan Young, and bassist Tim Saxhaug) plus drummer Noah Levy (Golden Smog) and guitarist Erik Koskinen. While Trampled By Turtles fans will likely love this debut, Dead Man Winter is its own beast, and not only because of the absence of bluegrass. The tempos are often slower, the volume louder, and twangy electric guitar riffs play a central role as on the driving opener “Nicotine” or the edgy country rockers “Get Low,” “Cry for Help,” and “Industrial Day Break.” Showing their range, the band delivers finely crafted acoustic ballads sweetened by pedal steel and fiddle, along with catchy mid-tempo roots rock in “Wasteland,” “House of Glory,” and a version of “New Orleans,” a TBT song from their Palomino album. Much more than a side-project indulgence, Bright Lights is a superb debut.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dead Man Winter includes three members of the Minneapolis bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles (singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Simonett, fiddler Ryan Young, and bassist Tim Saxhaug) plus drummer Noah Levy (Golden Smog) and guitarist Erik Koskinen. While Trampled By Turtles fans will likely love this debut, Dead Man Winter is its own beast, and not only because of the absence of bluegrass. The tempos are often slower, the volume louder, and twangy electric guitar riffs play a central role as on the driving opener “Nicotine” or the edgy country rockers “Get Low,” “Cry for Help,” and “Industrial Day Break.” Showing their range, the band delivers finely crafted acoustic ballads sweetened by pedal steel and fiddle, along with catchy mid-tempo roots rock in “Wasteland,” “House of Glory,” and a version of “New Orleans,” a TBT song from their Palomino album. Much more than a side-project indulgence, Bright Lights is a superb debut.

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About Dead Man Winter

Playing a full-bodied, emotionally resonant brand of Americana-infused indie rock, Dead Man Winter is a group led by Dave Simonett, best known as one of the founding members of the progressive bluegrass group Trampled by Turtles. Formed in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003, Trampled by Turtles began as a side project for Simonett and his bandmates. So when Simonett started working up songs that demanded a more muscular attack than TbT would ordinarily deliver, it came as no surprise that he started another group to perform them. Released in 2011, Bright Lights was the first album from Dead Man Winter, which Simonett identified as his rock & roll project; the album also featured two of his Trampled by Turtles bandmates, fiddler Ryan Young and bassist Tim Saxhaug. In October 2016, Trampled by Turtles announced they were going on hiatus, as Simonett was dealing with the emotional fallout of a contentious divorce. Simonett used his downtime to work on more personal material that reflected the changes in his life and career, and this material became the basis of the second album from Dead Man Winter. Featuring Simonett on guitar and vocals, Erik Koskinen on guitar, Tim Saxhaug on bass, Bryan Nichols on piano, and J.T. Bates on drums, the new edition of the group spent a week at Cannon Falls, Minnesota's Pachyderm Studio recording Furnace, which was released in January 2017. Dead Man Winter announced a North American concert tour in support of the album, running from February to April 2017. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Minneapolis, MN
  • FORMED
    2011

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