In 2003 five musicians, originating from Duluth Minnesota, formed Trampled by Turtles. The band members had spent their time playing in punk rock bands before going "organic", switching over to acoustic instruments (guitar, acoustic bass, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle). Without the intention of becoming a bluegrass band, five albums later, their latest effort "Palomino" peaked at number one on US Grass charts in 2010.
Last night, December 6, Trampled by Turtles played The Depot in Salt Lake City. Over the years TBT has made a considerable amount of stops in Salt Lake City, although I had never gone or even sampled their music. Other than listening to "Palomino" a few times before the show, I was unaware of the bands sound. BUT, I've said this before and I'll say it again, sometimes the best shows are the shows you go into with little or no expectation. This was one of those shows. Known for their high-tempo/fast paced songs and for their ability to write a slower more folk sounding ballad, was a quality present the whole show. Rich vocals mixed with intricate violin solos, banjo, mandolin, and acoustic guitars resulted in the exciting high energy show they are known for. I admire a band who can diversely write, especially when you can hear the sincerity in the vocals. The band was as excited as the crowd was to be there, the word excited being a vast understatement. If you like bluegrass or folk, dont miss out the next time Trampled by Turtles stops in your town.
If you are unfamiliar with the band, familiarize yourself by listening to the songs posted below. I also posted some select photos from the show last night (all photos available on our Facebook page).