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A Winter Downpour started after a long winter of hard drinking and passing-out to our favorite songs. After an absence from the punk rock scene, Alberto Serrano Rivera purchased his first acoustic guitar. Self taught and with the help of a capo he wrote enough songs to play a show.
After enlisting his friends Chris Barnholdt, Jesse Hoheisel, Karen Dahl, and Matt Morseth (Wayne Nelsen from Dog Pookah was also involved for short period) they played their first show in spring of 2003 at the 1615 House in St. Cloud Minnesota. Years passed and A Winter Downpour put plenty of shows under their belts before members all became restless and moved on from St. Cloud. Alberto bounced around to different parts of the state of Minnesota, finally settling in Duluth.
In Duluth, Alberto reconnected with his band mate Jesse and continued and expanded A Winter Downpour. After pleading with Chris to come back to face his fear, his pain, and his tears and continue with what he helped start, A Winter Downpour was almost reassembled, but unfortunately Karen and Matt moved out of state to pursued their life endeavors. Alberto sought to enlist a guitarist like no other guitarist, a guitarist who was both talented and that used a violin bow. That is when the instrumental gods delivered Paul Connolly from Portrait of a Drowned Man. Ever since, A Winter Downpour has added to their playlist while experimenting with the beauties and disappointments of everyday life. A Winter Downpour is a band with roots in punk rock, slowcore, folk, and indie-rock, but does not limit itself to any one genre.