Begin Your Weekend with Dead Man Winter at The Bowery Ballroom

February 24th, 2017

Dave Simonett (vocals and guitar) helped launched the progressive-bluegrass string band Trampled by Turtles 14 years ago in Duluth, Minn. And while they’ve remained busy ever since, performing, recording and touring, Simonett formed another musical outfit, a sort-of country-rock side project, Dead Man Winter, in Minneapolis—at least temporarily leaving behind frenetic acoustic music for a more relaxed electric take. The group’s debut, Bright Lights (stream it below), came out in 2011. “Electrified guitars roar loudly over a whispering bluegrass, resulting in a sound that hits the ear like a corn-fed Black Crowes,” said Relix. Dead Man Winter (above, doing “Destroyer” for The Lowertown Line) returned this month with their sophomore long-player, the breakup-album Furnace (stream it below), which covers the end of Simonett’s marriage and the splintering of his family, delivered free of self-pity. “Furnace leaves ashes in its wake and cigarette-burn marks on your heart,” according to Paste. “But such heavy lyrical content doesn’t necessitate sad, smoldering music. Indeed, Furnace is steeped in rich folk-rock traditions…. It’s this kind of musical range and lyrical brutality that makes an artist—someone who can find, and then articulate, something beautiful in the wake of destruction.” Touring behind the new album, Dead Man Winter play The Bowery Ballroom tonight. Another Minnesotan, singer-songwriter John Mark Nelson, opens the show.