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Trampled by Turtles

Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 8:00PM


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9081 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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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 takin

g 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 dru

ms in a speed metal

act) and 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 r

ecord,

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 2008 and the band’s fourth release,

Duluth

, that Trampled by Turtles received

recognition by 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 appe

al landed them at number 32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts upon the

release of their sixth album,

Stars

and

Satellites

. In addition to major bluegrass and folk festivals, they began

showing up at Coachella,

ACL Fest

, and Lollapalooza. The official concert

album,

Live

at

First

Avenue

, followed in

2013, recorded at Minnesota’s most famous venue. A year later, the band returned with the darker



toned

Wild

Animals

, which bettered its studio predecessor on the album charts, reaching number 29

on Billboard

.

Count

less

tours with bands like Lord Huron, Wilco, Caamp, Mt Joy

and

Deer Tick to name a few have followed.

2022 will see

the release of the band’s latest body of work called

Alpenglow

which was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

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