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Trampled by Turtle’s 2012 release opens with “Midnight on the Interstate,” where over acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass, and banjo, Dave Simonett somberly sings about spending much of his life looking out of tour-bus windows. And as the next song’s simple title suggests, “Alone” is another mournful musing. But with rootsy instruments picking and chiming under flowing vocal harmonies, the Duluth, Minn., quintet somehow makes loneliness sound stunningly beautiful—especially toward the tune's end, when it crescendos into a near-symphonic climax. Some may call Trampled by Turtles’ music “newgrass,” but it’s refreshing to hear a progressive bluegrass band that doesn’t sound so . . . progressive. The more upbeat “Walt Whitman” is a good example of this. While the playing and picking innovatively transcend musical borders, the song’s arrangements are by no means overly complicated or pedantically show-offish. “Sorry” is another buoyant standout, with barn-burning banjo picking and fiery mandolin balanced against moderate fiddle notes. 

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I saw Trampled By Turtles front row on a wooden stage at Suwannee Springfest 2011, That experience was once in a lifetime... Hands down the best concert I've ever been to! I am a supporting fan, I love there music (Especially This New Album), they are one of my favorite bands!

Buy this album and live forever!


Growing and evolving

This a solid album, Trampled by Turtles, have become on of my favorite bands in the roots scene right now. Their instrumentation is great, and the songwriting is just as impressive. They have been putting out great albums that draw influences from blugrass, folk, and rock and roll. This album to me focuses on the folk side. This is a ballad heavy album. There is alot less of the fast and furious bluegrass sound. This is not a bad thing, you still get some rockin blugrass tracks, "Walt Whitman", is a perfect example. The harmonies and long night opener "Midnight onthe Interstate", really sets the mood for the album. Dave Simonnett's songwriting is intop form on "Alone", you can really see the dark influence of Townes Van Zandt. The instrumentals roock as usual, but my favorite track has to be "Widowers Heart", which is in similar vain to the ballads off of Blue Sky and The Devil. Overall this is not as strong of analbum as Duluth or Blue sky and the Devil, but is still a great album in a year that has so far seen it's far share of quality albums in a short time.


Formed: 2003 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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 he 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...
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