Winterset is a Minneapolis-based group of the Americana/rock influence. Members include Steven LaFollette (vocals / songwriting / acoustic guitar), Dan Stewart (bass / vocals), Aaron Speer (drums), Cassie LaFollette (mandolin / keys / vocals), and Andrew Carey (electric guitar). Formed in 2008, frontman Steven LaFollette began playing shows in Saint Paul, Minnesota with various characters. “Over time, the members of the band have changed, but each individual has provided a unique perspective and creative aspect to the music that makes it in a way nostalgic to me," says Steven.
Winterset began as an outlet for songs that in truth had never been intended for people to hear. Steven has always enjoyed writing, but it was not until he decided to pursue audio production that he began writing songs with the intention to record. Their original purpose was as “practice tunes,” material to record only while studying production. “I felt it would be best to write and record my own music so that if it turned out I was completely garbage at this, I would only be ruining my own recordings and not a clients,” said Steven. It was a group of musician friends around him that pushed him toward playing publicly by pooling resources to surprise him by helping him purchase a guitar. Some of these people would be the original members of the band. “Despite fronting the group, I honestly don’t feel like the original member.”
After a season, new members joined