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Trampled By Turtles

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  • Formed: Duluth, MN
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.trampledbyturtles.com
  • Recent Activity: 12.02.16 Ft Collins. Tonight's set times are thus: 8:30 - 9:30 Adam Greuel 9:45 - 11:00 Dave & Dave 11:15 - 12:45 Wood & Wire
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Progressive bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who'd ransacked his vehicle while Simonett played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn't rely on amplification. Simonett hadn't played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young (who'd previously played drums in a speed metal act) and jam band bassist Tim Saxhaug. Along with mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll, the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass.

Trampled by Turtles released their first record, Songs from a Ghost Town, in 2004. In a genre steeped in tradition, the album stood out for its contemporary sound, essentially bridging the gap between the bandmates' background in rock music and their new acoustic leanings. Blue Sky and the Devil (2005) and Trouble (2007) explored a similar sound, but it wasn't until the band's fourth release, Duluth, that Trampled by Turtles received the full support of the bluegrass community. Duluth peaked at number eight on the Billboard bluegrass chart and paved the way for a number of festival appearances. When Palomino arrived in 2010, it was met with an even greater response, debuting at the top of the bluegrass chart and remaining in the Top Ten for more than a year. Two years later, their crossover appeal landed them at #32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts with their sixth album Stars and Satellites. In addition to major bluegrass and folk festivals, they began showing up at Coachella, Bumbershoot, and Lollapalooza. In 2014, they released the darker toned Wild Animals LP.


  • 12.02.16 Ft Collins. Tonight's set times are thus: 8:30 - 9:30 Adam Greuel 9:45 - 11:00 Dave & Dave 11:15 - 12:45 Wood & Wire
  • 12.01.16 RT @playlistMN: Our friend Erick Berry of @tbtduluth is performing @cdangerbrewer at 7pm tomorrow. What a way to start out the weekend! #du…
  • 11.29.16 Our Dave Simonett has a record coming as @deadmanwinter. You can stream the first single here: https://t.co/estuMHX8Rt
  • 11.29.16 RT @LocalCurrent: Tune in to The Current this hour to hear a @deadmanwinter interview and new single https://t.co/YMv6ZDv05U https://t.co/i…
  • 11.21.16 Friends, check out our cover of John Prine's "Christmas In Prison" over at @RollingStone https://t.co/EcoBQiTnM6
  • 11.18.16 https://t.co/IWZ3kiLWsd https://t.co/cr6N93YvNE
  • 11.17.16 RT @TerrorbirdMedia: Heyo! Check out @tbtduluth "Wild Animals" in ep 7 of @TheArtofMore - full season up now on @Crackle 🐎
  • 11.16.16 RT @annarborark: Tonight (Wed.) at The Ark: Dave Simonett of @tbtduluth and @carlbroemel of My Morning Jacket, performing separately and to…
  • 11.15.16 RT @annarborark: Come back tomorrow for Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles @tbtduluth and Carl Broemel of @mymorningjacket https://t.co/…
  • 11.15.16 RT @WoodlandsTavern: TONIGHT: Dave Simonett (of @tbtduluth) and @CarlBroemel (of @mymorningjacket) are taking the stage! 8pm, $20 tickets h…
  • 11.11.16 RT @southern_cville: @carlbroemel of @mymorningjacket & Dave Simonett of @tbtduluth together tonight at 9pm! Tix going fast: https://t.co/I…
  • 11.11.16 Rest in peace Leonard Cohen. You will always be an unimaginable inspiration.