JamGrass.net Recommends – Trampled by Turtles


EDITOR’S NOTE: Trampled by Turtles has released their first live album, the excellent Live at First Avenue, on the date of this publication, Monday 11/11/2013. They’ll be kicking off their fall tour in Athens, GA the next day.

Why You Should Know Them

  • Emerging from Duluth, MN in 2003, Trampled by Turtles traded in their electric instruments for acoustic instruments, likely one of the few touring bands with traditional instrumentation to cite The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Nirvana as inspiration.
  • Crossover appeal. One of the few bands covered by JamGrass.net that has experienced more mainstream commercial success, including Billboard chart recognition and appearances on television.


  • Live performances.
  • Fast-picking, high-energy rockers and sweeping ballads create an interesting contrast from track-to-track.
  • Lyrical content and songwriting that position Trampled by Turtles as a titan in alt-bluegrass.
  • Four-part harmonies.

Associated Acts

  • Dave Simonett – Guitar player and guitarist.
  • Tim Saxhaug – Bass player and thunder bringer.
  • Dave Carroll – Five string banjo, keeps the band rolling.
  • Erik Berry – Mandolin player, not the starting safety for the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Ryan Young – Fiddle extraordinaire.

Essential Links

TrampledByTurtles.com – Official site, includes biography,  media, merch and tour dates.
Trampled by Turtles’ Wikipedia Page – A little more detail and background.
Trampled by Turtles’ Official Facebook Page – You know you “like” it.
Trampled by Turtles’ Official Twitter Feed – Follow. All of the kids are doing it.
Trampled by Turtles’ Archive.org Catalog – Free live shows available for download.

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Trampled By Turtles’ Artist Page on Amazon.com


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