Dead man dating music
, both released in July on the morning of Dead Man Winter’s Rock the Garden appearance.The crowd didn’t seem to care about Simonett’s lack of presence; there was many a whoop, whistle, and holler as well as a few growled “yeahhh”s when songs started.A band of top-flight Minnesotan talent backed him up, including Erik Koskinen, J. He didn’t reference Trampled by Turtles or tell a single story or joke. His eyes remained firmly fixed on the floor, on his collaborators’ instruments, or closed.
Musically it is challenging and inspiring, for it does not represent death as an ebbing, fading, experience, but as an appreciation for the here and now.Fans dispersed, revved-up and seemingly satisfied, but something about the experience felt empty and superficial. Critic's bias: Forget Trampled by Turtles; Dead Man Winter is the music Dave Simonett was born to make.Chalk it up to exhaustion (Simonett didn’t take the stage until p.m.) or desensitization (Simonett’s been touring this material for 10 months and it may very well be stale), but I was underwhelmed, even (forgive me, Dave) bored. The spindly Benson Ramsey, looking like he just fell out of a bird’s nest, and David Huckfelt, the bearded, beanied musician built like an ox, played a thundering rendition of their song “Aerial Ocean.” At the end of the tune, Simonett hugged both Ramsey and Huckfelt before taking back the mic.Huckfelt and Ramsey returned later in the set for a cover of Greg Brown’s “Trump Can’t Have That,” a political tune Huckfelt had hoped would be a sing-along.