Trampled by Turtles is a bluegrass band out of Duluth Minnesota that easily has one of the best names for a bluegrass band (or any band for that matter) that I have stumbled upon recently. The band is all strings and is made up of bass, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, with the guitarist providing the main vocals. I just picked up their 5th release, Palomino, while trying to find some new bluegrass and absolutely love it. I really like the fiddle playing on this album and David Simonett’s has a good bluegrass voice. The album starts off strong right away with two great songs: “Wait so Long” and “Victory” . These songs are great representations of the songs on this album and both of these songs have music videos that I have posted below for your viewing pleasure.
This album peaked at #1 on the US Bluegrass charts when it was released in 2010 and I can easily hear why. This album has a little of everything for people that enjoy bluegrass. While some people may be attracted to the more frantic hoedown songs such as “It’s War” others may be more attracted to the more enchanting numbers such as “New Orleans” while people that like a little bit of both may be more attracted to the instrumental “New Son/Burnt Iron” which starts out slow and gentle but builds up into a hoedown towards the end. I like every song on this album, though a few took longer to grow on me than others.
I am going to enjoy listening to this album during the rest of this Labor Day weekend. It’s the perfect type of music to listen while enjoying a long weekend with friends BBQing and spending time outdoors. Trampled by Turtles is currently touring in support of their newest album Stars & Satellite s which was just released this past April. They will be in the North West the beginning of September including playing at the upcoming MusicFestNW (which was named as one of 50 Authentic American Experiences in 2009 by Time) before continuing on with the rest of their US tour. So with that I leave you to enjoy some bluegrass and have a great Labor Day weekend!