Trampled By Turtles
Trampled CD Release Party with special guests Devil Makes Three!
**Ticket and CD combo -Purchase Trampled by Turtles upcoming CD, Palomino, for only $8 extra before it hits stores on April 13th. You'll walk home with the CD the night of the show. Pick up will be at the merch table. Discount applies to advance sales only.
1) Wait So Long
3) It's A War
5) Bloodshot Eyes
6) New Son/Burnt Iron
7) Help You
8) Feet and Bones
10) Sounds Like A Movie
11) New Orleans
Trampled by Turtles is an acoustic quintet from Duluth, MN. Based on their instrumentation, the initial instinct is to view the band as a bluegrass or new-grass outfit, but spend more than a cursory moment with their music and it is clear this tag doesnt really fit.
For those who are simply fans of music, not bound by rules or forms, Trampled by Turtles take pieces of it all and just play from the heart. Call it alt-bluegrass, nontraditional string, indie-folk, rock-grass, punk-grass or anything else, they dont care what name you put on it, just show up with an open mind and it wont be long until you fall under their spell. Like all of us, where they were raised has influenced what they are and these guys didnt grow up in southern roots country, they come from way up north where folks do it a little different. When was the last time you saw crowd surfing brought on by an acoustic string band without any drums?
SF Bay Guardian had this to say about the TBTs unique take on acoustic roots music: Shooting sparks in the face of folk traditionalism, the quintet approaches the banjo and mandolin with a level of brash recklessness hardly heard since the now-mythical reign of Uncle Tupelo. Bill Monroe and Joe Strummer would both be proud.
Trampled by Turtles in the studio TBT came together in 2003 when several local bands fell apart around the same time. Bandleader/vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Dave Simonett began playing with mandolin player Erik Berry as an acoustic duo at which point they met banjoist Dave Carroll. Soon they picked up bass player Tim Saxhaug and just kind of started jamming in living rooms and playing for fun explains Simonett. It was kind of like a side project, and then eventually everybody elses band split up so we started doing this one full-time.
Trampled by Turtles in the studio But heres the key to understanding Trampled by Turtles: This is their first string band. The instrumentation was different. None of us had played in an acoustic group before says Simonett. And thats why this isnt a bluegrass band, all those other groups they came from were rock bands and they still play with that plugged-in intensity, only now theyre doing it with acoustic instruments and beautiful, high-lonesome vocal harmonies.
Trampled by Turtles in the studioBeyond their raucous, genre-bending live shows, TBT are dedicated to songcraft and have released four albums. They recorded their 2004 debut, Songs from a Ghost Town, in an old Catholic church in Duluth. 2005s Blue Sky and the Devil was also recorded in Duluth, and in 2006 they dropped their first live album, Live at Luce. Come 2007 TBT had laid a solid foundation, now they wanted to build on it. In order to do so they brought in highly respected local producer/musician Rick Mattson. Mattson implemented drums, electric guitars and helped the band learn to use the studio. The result was Trouble, their most impressive album to date. The effort not only garnered the band more attention than ever, they also gained a new member with Ryan Young officially joining the group.
Trampled by Turtles in the studioAll of this brings us to Duluth. Self-released in 2008 the album shot up to number eight on the Billboard Bluegrass Heatseakers Chart. Again produced by Mattson, the majority of the tracks were laid down in Sparta, MN, the abandoned mining town Mattson calls home. Combining TBTs live energy with their growing facility in the studio and Simonetts inspired songwriting (think strains of Townes Van Zandt, Dylan, Wilco and youre on the right path), Duluth is a high watermark for the band and has proven capable of bridging gaps between fanbases.
High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|