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Trampled By Turtles
High Noon Saloon
Madison, WI
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Trampled By Turtles
         Trampled By Turtles
          with special guests
    Ezra Furman & The Harpoons

If you play in a band in Duluth, MN, you're bound to start another band with people from other bands in Duluth.  In early 2003 Guitar player and songwriter Dave Simonett and mandolin player Erik Berry followed this simple and inescapable rule, picking up Dave Carroll and his banjo on the way to form an acoustic side-project.  Realizing they had no bass player, Tim Saxhaug agreed to play the role when he wasn't playing with his band, the Dukes of Hubbard.  As they often do, the other bands eventually went their separate ways and the guys decided to focus full time on their new project, Trampled by Turtles.
The band released its first studio effort, Songs from a Ghost Town, in 2004.  Recorded in a decommissioned Catholic church on Duluth's hillside (Sacred Heart Music Center) by producer Eric Swanson.  The album is home to several fan favorites and gave the guys a good reason to hit the road.  In 2005 the group released Blue Sky and the Devil, also recorded in their hometown of Duluth.  The band continued their stripped-down, live approach to recording, produced the record in a couple weeks and for under $1000 and hit the road once again.  TBT had started to gain a bit of a following in 2006 when they then released Live at Luce, a six song live EP.  In 2007, the band decided to get back in the studio and to take a bit of a different approach while there.  They brought in Rich Mattson (Ol' Yeller, The Glenrustles, producer extraordinaire) to produce and opened up to different instrumentation; things like drums, electric guitars and other taboos in the string band world.  Jesse Greene (Wilco, The Jayhawks, Foo Fighters) was brought in and graced the record with violin and cello.  The sessions also brought in future bandmate, Ryan Young to play fiddle.  Trouble was released, well received by print and radio and, once again, the guys hit the road.  In 2008, the band decided they wanted to record again, though this time they wanted to attempt to capture a bit of the energy that their live performance had become known for.  Ryan Young officially joined the band and they packed up the van and headed for Sparta, MN, the home and studio of producer Rich Mattson.  Sparta is an abandoned mining community on Minnesota‚‚s Iron Range and it's stark beauty and desolation offered the perfect environment to record the songs that would become Duluth.  After a few songs were redone at the Terrarium in Minneapolis, Duluth was released in late 2008 and brought the band some nice attention including coming out at number eight on Billboard's bluegrass chart.
For six years now Trampled by Turtles have toured the country and beyond, playing basement parties and theaters, bars and festivals, while continuing to evolve musically and lyrically along the way.   They have gathered a diverse following, playing festivals such as 10,000 Lakes, Rothbury, Wakarusa, Pickathon, and opening for bands such as LOW, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, and Billy Joe Shaver.
Trampled by Turtles have come a long way since 2003 but the rules still holds and some of the guys are still playing in other bands with people from other bands in Duluth.

"They are, simply put, perhaps the best live band in the state."
                                                                       -The Onion

"After the first four albums touched the beauty of the countryside, Trampled by Turtles have come around to bring it all home with ‚‚Duluth‚‚ an album of thawing exquisiteness, serene musical greenery and a conglomeration of musical charm built from all that Minnesota offers."
                                                                       -Rift Magazine

"Simonett is nonetheless the most compelling frontman Duluth has produced in years. His flow has a shit-kicking quality no folkie can assume, a frank way of phrasing that makes his melodies a blunt instrument amid impressionist strumming."
- City Pages (Minneapolis)

"Their most recent release, Duluth, was recorded primarily live in the studio with minimal overdubs and it mirrors the raw intensity of their live performances, which are sure to leave audiences simultaneously raising hell and crying in their beers."
                                                                       - ArtVoice (Buffalo, NY)

Trampled By Turtles are:

Dave Simonett: vocals, guitar
Tim Saxhaug: bass, vocals
Dave Carroll: banjo, vocals
Erik Berry: mandolin, vocals
Ryan Young: fiddle
Discography:

Duluth (2008)
Trouble (2007)
Live at Luce (2006)
Blue Sky and the Devil (2005)
Songs From a Ghost Town (2004)


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Location

High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
United States


Categories

Music

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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