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Born in a Barn with Dean Winter


Words by Rob Nicholson


Dean Winter is likely one of the most unassuming guys you’ll ever meet. Very easy going and relaxed, he’s calming to be around. But stick around until showtime, and you’ll see a very different Dean Winter. When he takes the stage with The Heat, he’s his own inner country star.

From Winter’s website: “With every passing release Winter evolves as a songwriter finding details in the experience to draw each listener closer. You feel the push and pull between winning and losing and the fleeting euphoria of a dimly lit bar as reality flickers back into existence when the lights come on. The sun rises and this light shines on your heartache and all the overwhelming feelings that come with growing up and growing old next to the ones you love. Ultimately, the music is best left to be experienced and these stories felt, not told.”

You can find all things Dean Winter & The Heat including music, videos, schedule and press at deanwinterandtheheat.com.


Winter sat down with Folio’s Rob Nicholson to talk about the band’s origins and upcoming gigs. To watch the interview, click here.


Upcoming shows:


Nov. 4

Colonial Oak Music Park, St. Augustine



Nov. 5




Nov. 12

Jacksonville Fairgrounds



Nov. 18-19

Fly’s Tie



Nov. 25 – 26, 2022




Dec. 8

Colonial Oak Music Park, St. Augustine



Dec. 10

Over Yonder, Savannah 


About Rob Nicholson

Rob started his media career in the late 80’s working in the Press Office at the Georgia House of Representatives. From there, Rob segued in to Radio at The Voice of Georgia State University, WRAS Album 88.5 in Atlanta. In the early 90’s Rob was picked up by the Radio 2000 Group and became Program Director and later Vice President of Programming USA. In the late 90’s, while running 3 music-driven radio stations in Springfield, Missouri, Rob had the opportunity to put together and launch, Southwest Missouri’s Regional Periodical, 417 Magazine. A publication that is still in circulation today. After selling his interests in Radio 2000 in the early 2000’s, Rob returned to his hometown of Jacksonville Beach, Florida to be near family. For 10 years he worked with the Clear Channel Radio Stations: Planet Radio and KISS-FM. In 2010, Rob took a hiatus from radio and went in to concert promotion and event planning, while also running the now 30 year old Beaches Hospitality Network – the organization that is well known for bringing the Superbowl, 2004 to the beaches area. When presented with the opportunity to work with Folio Weekly Magazine, Rob said, “there was no way I could resist an opportunity to work with the local, independent news magazine in the city I’m from. I can’t wait to get to work every morning”. Rob currently resides in North Jax Beach with his brother, Rich and dog, Tonka.