Trampled by Turtles frontman releases first track from new solo album

We can’t embed this clip but it’s well worth clicking through for. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Anyone familiar with the Minnesota bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles might well be shocked by Dead Man Winter, frontman Dave Simonett’s solo alter ego. In contrast to Trampled by Turtles’ overdrive bluegrass raveups, Dead Man Winter’s upcoming album Furnace (independently released by GNDWIRE Records and Thirty Tigers) is lilting, stately roots rock of the sort you’d hear on a large-venue bill with Tom Petty. 

Upbeat sonics aside, however, the album’s subject matter is deadly serious – a wrenching separation and divorce, in the face of which Simonett took the Bon Iver route of cold-weather introspection. He holed up in a cabin in Minnesota for some purging by way of therapeutic songwriting, and one of the songs he emerged with was “Red Wing Blue Wing.” It finds Simonett taking stock of himself and admitting, “I’m full of charm/I’m full of whiskey/And I’m full of shit/Most of the time.”

“‘Red Wing Blue Wing’ is a small, incomplete snapshot of a year spent living in a small town in southern Minnesota,” Simonett says. “It’s kind of a look at the romanticism of small town life versus the reality of inserting oneself into a fairly settled-in community that isn’t really used to outsiders, so to speak. It has a happy ending, though. By the end of my time there, I genuinely felt like a citizen and had grown to enjoy the place.”

Furnace will be released January 27th, after which Simonett (as Dead Man Winter) will be on the road through April.”

Head over to RS Country for the clip.

Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield is the long-suffering editor of Americana UK, conceiving the idea in a dark room in 2001, although he ran out of words to personally review anything in about 2007.

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