Dave Simonett (vocals and guitar) helped launched the progressive-bluegrass string band Trampled by Turtles 14 years ago in Duluth, Minn. And while they’ve remained busy ever since, performing, recording and touring, Simonett formed another musical outfit, a sort-of country-rock side project, Dead Man Winter, in Minneapolis—at least temporarily leaving behind frenetic acoustic music for a more relaxed electric take. The group’s debut, Bright Lights (stream it below), came out in 2011. “Electrified guitars roar loudly over a whispering bluegrass, resulting in a sound that hits the ear like a corn-fed Black Crowes,” said Relix. Dead Man Winter (above, doing “Destroyer” for The Lowertown Line) returned this month with their sophomore long-player, the breakup-album Furnace (stream it below), which covers the end of Simonett’s marriage and the splintering of his family, delivered free of self-pity. “Furnace leaves ashes in its wake and cigarette-burn marks on your heart,” according to Paste. “But such heavy lyrical content doesn’t necessitate sad, smoldering music. Indeed, Furnace is steeped in rich folk-rock traditions…. It’s this kind of musical range and lyrical brutality that makes an artist—someone who can find, and then articulate, something beautiful in the wake of destruction.” Touring behind the new album, Dead Man Winter play The Bowery Ballroom tonight. Another Minnesotan, singer-songwriter John Mark Nelson, opens the show.
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Dave Simonett (vocals and gutar), Erik Berry (mandolin), Dave Carroll (banjo and vocals), Tim Saxhaug (bass and vocals) and Ryan Young (fiddle and vocals) have been putting a modern, thrashing, turned-up twist on bluegrass music, as Trampled by Turtles, for more than a decade. And like the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, this Duluth, Minn., five-piece employs folkie and Americana instruments—plus layered harmonies—to get their point across, sometimes doing it a little bit louder. They released their first album, Songs from a Ghost Town (stream it below), in 2004, and Trampled by Turtles (above, playing “Are You Behind the Shining Star” on Late Show with David Letterman) have been steadily playing high-energy live shows ever since. Their seventh LP, Wild Animals (stream it below), out this past July, finds them in as fine form as ever. AllMusic says, “On their seventh long-player, Duluth’s acoustic troubadours Trampled by Turtles continue to push the outer limits of folk and bluegrass playing light against darkness, delivering one of their most thoughtful and downtempo albums to date.” Currently crisscrossing North America, their tour brings them to Terminal 5 tomorrow night.
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Trampled by Turtles have been putting a modern, thrashing, turned-up twist on bluegrass music for about eight years. Like the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, this Duluth, Minn., five-piece employs banjos, fiddles and mandolins—plus layered harmonies—to get their point across, sometimes doing it a little bit louder. They released their first album, Songs from a Ghost Town, in 2004 and have been steadily playing high-energy shows ever since. The band’s fifth LP, Palomino, out in 2010, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and stayed in the Top 10 for more than a year. But Trampled by Turtles (above, playing “Widower’s Heart” for hearya.com) are back with a new album, Stars and Satellites, out last Tuesday. See them, along with These United States, another great live band with a new album on the way, at Webster Hall tomorrow night.
The Infamous Stringdusters, a not-quite-traditional bluegrass band out of Nashville, came together three years ago. After two acclaimed albums, singer-guitarist Chris “Critter” Eldridge left to become a part of Punch Brothers. In his place, Andy Falco joined Travis Book (upright bass), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Andy Hall (dobro) and Chris Pandolfi (banjo). The six-piece released a third disc, the boundary-pushing Things That Fly, this past April. And now, alongside another not-quite-traditional bluegrass outfit, the five-man Trampled by Turtles, the Infamous Stringdusters (above, playing U2’s “In God’s Country” for Virginia’s WCNR FM) come to The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday.
Trampled by Turtles, the Duluth, Minn., quintet, have been putting a modern, thrashing twist on bluegrass music for seven years. Like the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show before them, the band uses banjos, fiddles and mandolins—plus layered harmonies—to get their point across. They released their first album, Songs from a Ghost Town, in 2004 and have been touring steadily ever since. Their most recent disc, Palomino, came out last month and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart. And now Trampled by Turtles (above, playing “Feet and Bones” for Minnesota Public Radio) come to Mercury Lounge tomorrow night. Welcome them.