Erik Koskinen

Erik Koskinen’s Burning the Deal (released June 28, 2019 on Real Phonic Records/Tone Tree Music) is steeped in American roots traditions. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, raised in Northern Michigan and upper New York state, then living in urban Minneapolis and now, rural Minnesota, Koskinen grew up with the rhythms of weather, factory towns, and farmlands. Koskinen worked in construction for years as he developed his music career, and he now resides on a farm near where he owns a recording studio in Cleveland, Minnesota, population 717.

Of Burning the Deal, he says, “It’s not only Americana music. I learned how to play blues music. I learned how to play country music, and how to play folk, bluegrass, jazz, whatever. I learned how to play American music.” The nine songs share a stripped-down, almost naked quality, but complexities lie just under their skin. Part of that depth can be attributed to the top-notch players Koskinen recruited: Greg Leisz (Jackson Browne, Beck, Joni Mitchell) on lap and pedal steel and mandolin, plus the rhythm section of drummer Jay Bellerose (Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, Willie Nelson) and bassist Jennifer Condos (Don Henley, Marc Cohn, Ray Lamontagne). As for how he managed to gather them together — twice — for recording sessions in Ojai, California, Koskinen quips, “In the music biz, you’re always one person away from knowing the president.”

Burning the Deal, his fifth album, follows Cruising Paradise (2018), Live at the Real Phonic Radio Hour (2016), America Theatre (2014), and Keep It to Yourself (2010).

Past Shows


Apr
23
rd
2020
Livestream
Apr
23
rd
2020
Livestream

'Avenue of the Saints'

Virtual Midwestern Festival & Benefit
with Dave Simonett, Lissie, Erik Koskinen and more!
Feb
24
th
2020
Turf Club
Feb
24
th
2020
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

with Nici Peper
Feb
17
th
2020
Turf Club
Feb
17
th
2020
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

with Beth Bombara
Feb
10
th
2020
Turf Club
Feb
10
th
2020
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

with Geoffrey Lamar Wilson
Feb
3
rd
2020
Turf Club
Feb
3
rd
2020
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

with Luke LeBlanc
Sep
13
th
2019
Fine Line
Sep
13
th
2019
Fine Line

Erik Koskinen

with Dusty Heart, Jake Jones, Savannah Smith and more!
Jul
6
th
2019
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
Jul
6
th
2019
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Trampled by Turtles

with Erik Koskinen, Gaelynn Lea, Early Eyes and more!
Jun
1
st
2019
Turf Club
Jun
1
st
2019
Turf Club
Mar
6
th
2019
Turf Club
Mar
6
th
2019
Turf Club

Jake La Botz

with Erik Koskinen
Feb
10
th
2018
Turf Club
Feb
10
th
2018
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

with Jack Klatt
Oct
4
th
2017
Turf Club
Oct
4
th
2017
Turf Club

All Tomorrow's Petty

with Aby Wolf, Frankie Lee, Al Church and more!
May
19
th
2017
Turf Club
May
19
th
2017
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

with Sam Cassidy
Feb
10
th
2017
Mainroom
Feb
10
th
2017
Mainroom

DEAD MAN WINTER

with The Pines and Erik Koskinen
May
20
th
2016
Turf Club
May
20
th
2016
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

with Jack Klatt
Apr
15
th
2016
Mainroom
Apr
15
th
2016
Mainroom

The 4onthefloor

with WHITE LIGHT RIOT (Reunion Show) and Erik Koskinen
Feb
14
th
2016
Turf Club
Feb
14
th
2016
Turf Club
Dec
29
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
29
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
22
nd
2015
Turf Club
Dec
22
nd
2015
Turf Club
Dec
15
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
15
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
8
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
8
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
1
st
2015
Turf Club
Dec
1
st
2015
Turf Club
Jun
26
th
2015
Turf Club
Jun
26
th
2015
Turf Club

Erik Koskinen

“LIVE ALBUM” RELEASE SHOW
with Leo Rondeau
May
16
th
2015
Indeed Brewery
May
16
th
2015
Indeed Brewery

ART-A-WHIRL

with Mark Mallman, Rupert Angeleyes, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and more!
Dec
10
th
2014
Turf Club
Dec
10
th
2014
Turf Club
Sep
20
th
2014
Canterbury Park
Sep
20
th
2014
Canterbury Park

Trampled by Turtles

with The Head And The Heart, Low, CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES and more!
Aug
28
th
2014
Turf Club
Jul
11
th
2014
Mainroom
Apr
19
th
2013
Mainroom
Apr
19
th
2013
Mainroom

Trampled by Turtles

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES Celebrates 10 Years
with Erik Koskinen and Charlie Parr
Apr
4
th
2013
Turf Club
Apr
4
th
2013
Turf Club

The 4onthefloor

with Erik Koskinen
Jul
13
th
2012
Turf Club
Jul
13
th
2012
Turf Club

The Iguanas

with Erik Koskinen
May
4
th
2012
Triple Rock Social Club
May
4
th
2012
Triple Rock Social Club

Retribution Gospel Choir

with Erik Koskinen and The Farewell Circuit
Apr
11
th
2012
Mainroom
Apr
11
th
2012
Mainroom

Trampled by Turtles

with Erik Koskinen and These United States
Feb
28
th
2011
Mainroom
Feb
28
th
2011
Mainroom
Jan
15
th
2011
Mainroom
Jan
15
th
2011
Mainroom

Trampled by Turtles

with Erik Koskinen and Two Many Banjos

More Shows

Oct
17
th
Palace Theatre

Jungle

Sep
24
th
Fine Line

Front 242

with DJ Jake Rudh
Aug
14
th
Turf Club

Nicole Atkins

Aug
9
th
Surly Brewing Festival Field
Cancelled

The Decemberists