Trampled by Turtles is an original, non-traditional bluegrass band from Duluth, Minnesota. Their energetic live performances and two well-received albums (Songs From a Ghost Town, 2004 and Blue Sky and the Devil, 2005) have gained them a large and loyal fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond.
“Duluth’s finest Jameson swigging lads, Trampled by Turtles, take to the stage to quench the Lake Superior hippie/yippie/cow-punk contingent’s insatiable thirst for mosh-pit inducing hardcore bluegrass.”
– Transistor Transmission, Dec ’04
Coming from varied musical backgrounds, the members of Trampled by Turtles blend hints of grunge, punk, alt-country, and pop with the traditional sounds of the acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass. The last two years have been spent playing venues ranging from punk-rock basement parties to the Great American Music Hall, sharing the stage with a diverse group of musicians including Low, The Radiators, Pedro the Lion, Nickel Creek, and Charlie Parr.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Duluth foursome stretches the bluegrass template with its youth, sardonic humor and indie rock backgrounds.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
– Duluth News Tribune, Mar ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“05
The group consists of guitar player and lead vocalist Dave Simonett, mandolin player Erik Berry, banjo player Dave Carroll, and bass player Tim Saxhaug.
These guys were music to our ears last night at First Ave.