Trampled by Turtles Orchestrate Their Brand of Folk and Bluegrass In New York
Touring in support of their seventh full-length album, 'Wild Animals,' Minnesota's premier bluegrass outfit, Trampled by Turtles, stopped by New York City's Terminal 5 last night (Sept. 12). In a metropolis that isn't exactly known for banjos and bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles seemed to fit right in as a few thousand fans packed the venue for a massive 23-song set.
The evening kicked off with two songs from 'Wild Animals': 'Ghosts' and the album's title track. While the setlist was weighted in favor of the new LP, Trampled by Turtles managed to cover most of their catalog, playing tunes dating back to 2005's 'Blue Sky and the Devil.'
Throughout the beginning of the show, it was common for the band to be shrouded in darkness and eerie lighting, but by the end of the night, the stage was perfectly bright; actually, the performance itself kind of felt like that, too. While some in the crowd may not have known what to expect from a bluegrass concert inside a big industrial concert venue, by the time the encore rolled around, everyone was jumping up and down and trying to keep up with the breakneck speeds of the musicians onstage.
There were no band member introductions, no quips or anecdotes shared with the crowd. What there was, was adrenalized folk and bluegrass -- dare we call it thrashgrass? Whether it was jamming on the instrumental 'Truck' or covering Loudon Wainwright III's 'Swimming Song,' the Friday night soundtrack was non-stop.
And for a handful of songs, the band was joined onstage by a classically-trained quartet. "We were walking down the street and ran into them," frontman Dave Simonett told the crowd. These extra strings only added to the dynamic complexity and beauty of the music being performed.
Trampled by Turtles will be in North America through mid-October followed by a run of European dates in November. Get their full tour schedule here. Make sure you don't miss your chance to witness these Duluth, Minn. musicians blend their Midwestern brand of folk, bluegrass and rock and roll into a staggeringly magnificent and unforgettable show.
Check out a couple of shots from our Instagram account -- and last night's complete setlist -- below:
Trampled by Turtles -- Setlist, Sept. 12, 2014
‘Come Back Home’
‘Are You Behind the Shining Star?’
‘Swimming Song’ (John Hiatt and Loudon Wainwright III cover)
‘Midnight On the Interstate’
‘Wait So Long’
‘Don’t Look Down’
‘I’m Goin’ Down’
‘It’s a War’
Watch Trampled by Turtles' Official Music Video for 'Wild Animals'