Bluegrass buzz: Trampled by Turtles strolls to Town Ballroom
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • November 27, 2012 @ 3:44pm
Unfortunately, people still associate the word “bluegrass” with “hillbilly,” and that’s not really fair to Minnesota-based band Trampled by Turtles.
The five-person group, which includes a guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, banjo and sometimes harmonica, performs at 7 p.m. Thursday inside Town Ballroom. Tickets are $15, and those purchased before the originally-scheduled June 30 show will be honored as well. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Trampled by Turtles is touring off its April 2012 album, Stars and Satellites, a fast-paced, positive album that features nimble fingers as much as it evokes a carefree, country lifestyle. One YouTube comment on “Shenandoah”—by user “willis636”—was easy to resonate with: “This is what I imagine Tom Sawyer listened to,” he wrote.
True to form, Trampled by Turtles recorded its album, which is deemed much more cohesive than its 2010 disc Palomino, inside a country cabin, according to Buzznet’s interview with lead vocalist Dave Simonett.
According to Simonett, “Instead of a collection, like Palomino was recorded in like six different places, and I mean it’s a similar piece of work in the respect that it happened at a certain time, but this one we moved into this cabin pretty much. We lived there, we slept there, we recorded there, and it was just like one endeavor. So that was something we never really tried before, and that is what I would call our growth.”
Strum your mandolin and tune your harmonica before you enjoy this bluegrass special Thursday at Town Ballroom. Here’s a video of the vinyl copies of the album being made, as “Alone” rings out in the background. For a song called “Alone,” it’s awfully peaceful and comforting.
(Header photo courtesy of Ellis Latham-Brown of Young Men’s Danger Club that was published on the band’s Facebook page).