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Progressive bluegrass band 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 jam band 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 the full support of 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. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
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    Live at First Avenue

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    Stars and Satellites

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    Palomino

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    Duluth

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    Trouble

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    Blue Sky and the Devil

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    Wild Animals Remixes

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    Songs from a Ghost Town

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    Are You Behind the Shining Star?

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    Wild Animals

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    Alone

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    Where Is My Mind?

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    Brown-Eyed Women

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    Wild Animals

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    Stars and Satellites


Top Songs by
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  2.   Midnight on the Interstate
  3.   Alone
  4.   Wait So Long
  5.   New Orleans
  6.   Gasoline
  7.   Victory
  8.   Help You
  9.   Walt Whitman
  10.   The Calm and the Crying Wind
  11.   Risk
  12.   Don't Look Down
  13.   Separate
  14.   Keys to Paradise
  15.   Ain't No Use in Tryin
  16.   Empire
  17.   Truck
  18.   It's a War
  19.   Codeine
  20.   When I Come Back Again
  21.   I'm a Target Too
  22.   Tap the Kitchen Floor
  23.   I'm Goin' Down
  24.   Where Is My Mind?
  25.   Whiskey
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