BUY STUFF AND SUPPORT AMP!

A percentage of every Amazon purchase made after clicking on this link is donated to AMP. An easy and fun way to show support. Happy shopping! Or click here to make a tax deductible donation to AMP.

 

Dead Man Winter

Erik Koskinen Duo

Time: 7:30pm     Day: Saturday     Doors: 6:30pm     Ages: All Ages    
This Event Has Ended

Tickets are $19 in advance, $22 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

Dave Simonett sings, plays guitar and writes songs for the acoustic band Trampled by Turtles. Dead Man Winter [website | Amazon.com] is his electric rock & roll band featuring a cast of talented musicians that happen to be dear friends.

Furnace marks a whole lot of firsts for the accomplished songwriter. It's his first time putting his long-running, popular string band on hiatus to focus all of his efforts on a more personal project. It's his first time speaking so plainly and literally about something happening in his private life. And it's his first time dedicating an entire record to a single topic—a topic so significant and intimate that he questioned whether or not he should even release it into the world. 

"I'm not even that big of a fan of breakup records, myself," he says. "I mean, there's some I really love. Like Blood on the Tracks, fuck, I love it. But it was just kind of a necessary—that's the only way I know how to let it out. It would have been pretty hard to write about anything else at the time."

There is palpable sadness and moments of poignant reflection, to be sure, but Furnace also propels Simonett forward with an undeniable sense of newfound freedom. At some points, like on the upbeat third track, "Red Wing Blue Wing," you could describe the music as downright rollicking.

Like many of his contemporary songwriting peers, Simonett turned to his art to process the feelings that were swirling inside of him. "Right when we split up I went on this huge creative tear, and wrote a bunch," he remembers. "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. And when I got to that place, I couldn't stop it." 

Ultimately, Simonett found the relief he was hoping for when it came time to make the record. Unsatisfied with the piecemeal approach that he used to cobble together the first draft of the album, Simonett rounded up his longtime friends from the Minneapolis roots rock scene—drummer JT Bates, guitarist Erik Koskinen, bassist Tim Saxhaug (also of Trampled by Turtles), and pianist Bryan Nichols—to record the album live to tape. The five of them holed up in the historic Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minn., a ski chalet-like studio nestled deep in the woods where legendary albums like Nirvana's In Utero were recorded. 

"Making the album was this one great week—we just shut ourselves off in Pachyderm. We lived down there for the time. I don't think I checked my email for like five days, it was awesome," he says. "The vibe was just to make it feel like we're playing in a room together. That can be a really joyful way to record. And then I had to go back to my lawyer's office, you know? So I really treasure that."

Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Erik Koskinen realizes a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. Koskinen's albums are a lyrical and musical metaphor of Americans' theaters of war, of history, of relationships, and of the reflections in the mirror. Knowing but not didactic, Koskinen channels the ways of Whitman and reverently enters the anthology of uniquely crafted wry songs with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ry Cooder while speaking as plainly as your neighbor.


AMP Concerts - Hold My Ticket

Like Us

Coming Up

April 25th

Tuesday @ 7:30pm

Son Volt

April 26th

Wednesday @ 7:00pm

Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro

May 2nd

Tuesday @ 7:30pm

Rhiannon Giddens

May 7th

Sunday @ 7:30pm

Birds of Chicago

May 13th

Saturday @ 10:00am

Bosque Redondo Memorial Gourd Dance

May 15th

Monday @ 12:00pm

Epiphany 3

May 15th

Monday @ 6:00pm

Epiphany 3

May 24th

Wednesday @ 5:00pm

Adobe Brothers

May 27th

Saturday @ 10:00am

Reggae by the River

May 28th

Sunday @ 10:00am

Jammin' in Jemez

June 7th

Wednesday @ 7:30pm

Elvis Costello & the Imposters

June 8th

Thursday @ 12:30pm

The Stash! Band

June 9th

Friday @ 7:30pm

North Mississippi Allstars

June 13th

Tuesday @ 8:00pm

Nahko & Medicine for the People

June 19th

Monday @ 7:30pm

Jake Shimabukuro

June 20th

Tuesday @ 6:00pm

Bébé La La

June 28th

Wednesday @ 6:00pm

Bébé La La

July 11th

Tuesday @ 6:30pm

Bobcats Swing/Jazz Trio

July 21st

Friday @ 7:30pm

John Gorka

July 22nd

Saturday @ 7:30pm

Leo Kottke & John Gorka

July 25th

Tuesday @ 6:00pm

Flambeaux

July 29th

Saturday @ 6:00pm

Dwight Yoakam & The Mavericks

July 29th

Saturday @ 7:30pm

Over the Rhine

August 16th

Wednesday @ 7:30pm

Herbie Hancock

August 17th

Thursday @ 6:00pm

Young the Giant

August 30th

Wednesday @ 7:30pm

Pink Martini and the Santa Fe Symphony Strings

September 16th

Saturday @ 7:30pm

Bonnie Raitt

September 17th

Sunday @ 7:00pm

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band

September 22nd

Friday @ 6:00pm

¡Globalquerque!

September 23rd

Saturday @ 6:00pm

¡Globalquerque!