10 Songs, 40 Minutes


Dave Simonett swings between upbeat and downcast introspection.


Dave Simonett swings between upbeat and downcast introspection.


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8 Ratings
8 Ratings


Been a big fan of TBT and DMW for quite a while now. While I love both bands and the music they put out, this album speaks on a whole other level. It's poignant and passionate, raw and disturbed. You'll find catchy hooks and quality lines galore, but what hits home is the frankness and real life anguish hidden deep beneath the surface, which should come as no surprise from Dave. All in all this album will be on constant repeat for years to come.

Neck Deep in Snow

Simple perfection

Full of charm, full of whiskey and just deep enough to penetrate your heart and your head without pretentiousness or overproduction. Another Americana masterpiece that sounds so real and easy yet is so rare and hard to find. Meant to be listened to as an album so dim the lights, pop a beer and put on your headphones. Or go for a long drive with the windows down. Regardless, buy this and treat yourself.


been there

well hes no Neil Young,I guess Im jaded ,got a nice smooth delivery

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

Minneapolis, MN



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