Trampled By Turtles + Ferris & Sylvester, London Electric Ballroom, Friday 16th November

Minnesota-based six piece Trampled By Turtles may be best known in the US, but their quirky take on bluegrass is spreading further afield, and spreading fast. At least, they’ve filled the not inconsiderable space of the Electric Ballroom for this show as part of the London Roots Festival with apparent ease. Appearing on stage at the unusually early hour of 8:15pm, it’s immediately clear that they’re already a finely honed machine, as well rehearsed as a Special Forces unit about going into battle.  Set up side by side at the very front of the stage, the sound of mandolin, violin, banjo, guitar, acoustic bass and double bass all blend into one seamless, momentum-filled force of nature. Continue reading “Trampled By Turtles + Ferris & Sylvester, London Electric Ballroom, Friday 16th November”

Trampled by Turtles “The Middle” – Listen

The creative bluegrass band named after what would probably be quite a traumatic experience reunited in a Minnesota cabin only a few months back but they’ve already laid down enough tracks for a new studio album – ‘Life is Good on the Open Road’ comes out on May 4th and the second single from it is called ‘The Middle’. Frontman Dave Simonett explained to RS: “The first single was a faster bluegrass song, and this one’s a little more poppy. We’re doing that as a way to represent the entire record. This one fits, ironically enough, right in the middle as far as vibe goes.”

Trampled by Turtles back with new album, single – Listen

If I have to go by unnatural causes, being trampled by turtles would be in my top 3 ways to die, particulalry if they were playing bluegrass this good. Minnesota six-piece Trampled By Turtles have announced a new album ‘Life Is Good On The Open Road’  which is due out in the UK via Thirty Tigers on June 1st. The record is the band’s first record since an indefinite hiatus was called a number of years back following 15 years of intense touring and recording.  New single ’Kelly’s Bar’ (which you can listen to below if you have turtle hearing) acts as the first introduction to the band in 2018. Continue reading “Trampled by Turtles back with new album, single – Listen”