Trampled by Turtles frontman Dave Simonett brings side project to Steamboat |

Trampled by Turtles frontman Dave Simonett brings side project to Steamboat

Trampled by Turtles founding member Dave Simonett brings side project Dead Man Winter to Steamboat Springs for a concert Friday.
Courtesy of Dead Man Winter
If you go: What: Mountain Music Series: Dead Man Winter When: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 Where: Base of Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — From the progressive bluegrass tunes of Trampled by Turtles, one of the band’s founding members Dave Simonett has a new sound.

Known as an “emotionally resonant brand of Americana-infused indie rock,” Simonett’s band, Dead Man Winter, will make its way to Steamboat Springs.

Dead Man Winter will take the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square at 7 p.m. Friday as the Mountain Music Series’ last performance of the season.

The group features Simonett on guitar and vocals, Erik Koskinen on guitar, Tim Saxhaug on bass, and J.T. Bates on drums and Bryan Nichols on piano. Koskinen, Saxhaug and Bates are also members of Trampled by Turtles.

According to Dead Man Winter’s discography, the group released its first album, “Bright Lights,” in 2011.

In January, the group released the new record “Furnace,” which was created during a week at a cabin in the remote town of Finland, Minnesota, and is based on Simonett turning to music with the dissolution of his marriage.

“Right when we split up, I went on this huge creative tear and wrote a bunch,” said Simonett in a news release about the album. “And then as everything kind of settled in and the process started moving, life got really complicated, and it shut down for a long time. So I did something I’ve never done before: I went on a writing retreat.

“In the middle of winter, last winter, I went to this cabin in Finland, Minnesota, just like me in this little cabin for the week, with snow up to the windows and 20 below the whole time, and just wrote,” Simonett explained. “And when I got to that place, I couldn’t stop it.”

According to the band’s biography, “Furnace” marks a few firsts: the first time Simonett has put Trampled by Turtles on hiatus to focus his efforts on this personal project and also the first time he’s created songs based on a topic revolving his private life.

“Dead Man Winters music – although more entrenched in the sounds of Americana and indie rock – still has the great songwriting that Dave Simonett is known for and will be really great show not to be missed,” said John Waldman from Great Knight Productions.

Although it’s the final show of the Steamboat Mountain Music free concert series, Waldman said there is still another show to look forward to at Steamboat Ski Area with Oktoberwest on Sept. 16 featuring Afrolicious along with special guest Bill Smith.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.


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