This was Trampled By Turtles‘ second & final night of a celebratory sold out weekend at the premiere music venue anywhere First Avenue, which was described aptly by a local music writer as a “love fest”. I have been fortunate to be friends with them since their earliest beginnings.
Trampled By Turtles are deservedly riding high on an ongoing series of successes. Also they are now performing standing up instead of sitting down since this summer.
Some of my own personal highlights were originals “Stranger”, “Nobody Else”, “Burn for Free”, “The Darkness & the Light”, “Wait So Long” & “Codeine” along with covers “Sundown” (Gordon Lightfoot), “Bird on a wire” (Leonard Cohen), “Ooh La La” (the Faces) & Dylan’s “Don’t think twice, it’s alright”. This smashing affair included 2 crazily received encores.
Trampled By Turtles performing “Nobody Else”
Also on the bill were friends & collaborative cohorts Erik Koskinen (who’s a part of Dave Simonett’s side band Dead Man Winter) & Too Many Banjos (featuring TBT’s banjo Dave Carroll), which I missed but heard were excellent & fun.
Besides the new record, other recent successes include increasingly sold out shows, national touring into new markets (like with the Infamous Stringdusters), high profile festivals like Wakarusa & High Sierra (both of which I was happily able to attend in 2010), roots fave Mountain Stage & much more.
2011 promises more greatness for Trampled including more touring, amazing prestigious festivals like Del Fest, Telluride Bluegrass, & Floyd Fest (to name a few), in addition to more play & attention local, nationally & internationally. Catch them when you can. I wish them my most positive best. Trample on my friends!