Trampled By Turtles formed as somewhat of an accident back in early 2003. “When we started Trampled by Turtles, all we wanted to do was play music with acoustic instruments as a break from our rock bands. We learned old fiddle songs, traditional folk songs, bluegrass songs, and what few original songs we had, followed those formulas. As it happened however, the first year of existence of this band was also the last year of existence for our other bands.” As they say, when one door closes, another one opens, and for Trampled By Turtles, the door that opened was one that would propel them to the forefront of the modern bluegrass scene.
For those of you who are not familiar with Trampled By Turtles, they are a five piece string band from Duluth, Minnesota, consisting of a guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo and a fiddle. Their music, though bluegrass oriented has elements of rock, folk and at times jam which escalates their music to a level that surpasses your traditional bluegrass sound. This year Trampled By Turtles will be playing Sasquatch Music Festival, and we here at the West Coast Leak couldn’t be more excited. Besides their six studio albums, Trampled By Turtles is known for their high energy live performances that have captivated audiences around the nation. Last summer, Trampled By Turtles took the stage for the first time at the world famous Telluride Bluegrass Festival and put on a show that last year’s festival goers are still talking about today. Below I have picked an array of songs that I hope will give you a perspective of the broad spectrum music that Trampled By Turtles can produce. Check them out below, and if you’re going to Sasquatch Music Festival this year, don’t forget to go see Trampled By Turtles.