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Trampled by Turtles

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

Trampled by Turtles

Thu, January 17, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Wooly's

Des Moines, IA

$30.00 - $35.00

This event is all ages

Trampled by Turtles
Trampled by Turtles
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 taking 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 drums 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 record, 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 appeal 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, Bumbershoot, 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. Trampled will release their latest album Life Is Good On
The Open Road on May 4th, 2018.

"Supercharged songs with a hooky playfulness and white-knuckle power…" —Esquire
"Lit up and charged…four-part harmonies that are close to being crystalline." —Daytrotter
Venue Information:
Wooly's
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309
http://woolysdm.com/