Trampled by Turtles

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Trampled by Turtles
Trampled by Turtles live in Munich, 2014
Trampled by Turtles live in Munich, 2014
Background information
OriginDuluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, harmonica
Years active2003–present
MembersDave Simonett
Tim Saxhaug
Dave Carroll
Erik Berry
Ryan Young
Eamonn McLain

Trampled by Turtles is an American bluegrass-influenced folk band from Duluth, Minnesota. They have released ten full albums, three of which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard bluegrass chart. Their fifth release, Palomino, stayed in the chart's Top 10 for 52 straight weeks. Their latest album, Alpenglow, was released on October 28, 2022.

Band members[edit]

  • Dave Simonett – guitar, lead vocals, harmonica (2003- Present)
  • Tim Saxhaug – bass, backing vocals (2003- Present)
  • Dave Carroll – banjo, backing vocals (2003- Present)
  • Erik Berry – mandolin, backing vocals (2003- Present)
  • Ryan Young – fiddle, backing vocals (2007- Present)
  • Eamonn McLain – cello, backing vocals (2014- Present)



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Grass US
US Heat US Indie US Alt US Folk US Rock
Songs from a Ghost Town
  • Release date: October 5, 2004
  • Label: Trampled by Turtles
Blue Sky and the Devil
  • Release date: April 20, 2005
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
  • Release date: March 19, 2007
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
  • Release date: October 30, 2008
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
  • Release date: April 13, 2010
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
1 11 46
Stars and Satellites
  • Release date: April 10, 2012
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
1 32 7 11 2 13
Live at First Avenue
  • Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
31 9 47
Wild Animals
  • Release date: July 15, 2014
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
29 3 1
Life Is Good on the Open Road
  • Release date: May 4, 2018
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
1 133 11 7
  • Release date: October 28, 2022[3]
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  • Sigourney Fever, BanjoDad Records (December 6, 2019)[4]
  • A Lifetime to Find, BanjoDad Records (September 30, 2022)


  • "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" (2014)[5]
  • "It's So Hard to Hold On" (2022)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Wait So Long" Justin Gustavison
2011 "Victory"
"Where Is My Mind?"
2012 "Alone"
"Walt Whitman" Jim Fortier/Dave Willis
2013 "Midnight on the Interstate" Stephanie Erlandson
2014 "Are You Behind the Shining Star?"[6] Philip Harder
"Wild Animals"


The band has performed at many national festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Stagecoach, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bumbershoot, and Pickathon. In 2011, they performed at several large folk music festivals including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, Floydfest, Pilgrimage, and ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival. They played at San Francisco's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival,[7] the Sasquatch Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the Firefly Festival, Rock the Garden, the All Good Music Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival in 2012.

Trampled by Turtles made their national television debut April 24, 2012 on Late Show with David Letterman.[8] They returned to the Late Show with David Letterman on July 16, 2014 to play songs off their Wild Animals album.


Their single, "Are You Behind The Shining Star?" was featured in The Troubadour's Road Top 25 Songs of 2014.[9]

Their music has been featured in TV shows including Deadliest Catch and Squidbillies.

Their song "Alone" was featured at the end of the 2013 movie The Way Way Back.

Their song "Codeine" was featured in the 2018 video game Far Cry 5.

Their song "Ghosts" was featured in the Showtime series "Ray Donovan" in January 2019.

Honors and awards[edit]

Star representing the band Trampled by Turtles on the outside mural of the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue

The band has been honored with a star on the outside mural of the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue,[10] recognizing performers that have played sold-out shows or have otherwise demonstrated a major contribution to the culture at the iconic venue.[11] Receiving a star "might be the most prestigious public honor an artist can receive in Minneapolis," according to journalist Steve Marsh.[12]


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Trampled by Turtles: Stars and Satellites – Overview". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Trampled by Turtles Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Trampled By Turtles Announce New Album ALPENGLOW (Out Oct. 28th), Fall Tour and Release New Track". Grateful Web. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  4. ^ Levenson, Luke (November 18, 2019). "Trampled by Turtles Talks New EP, 'Sigourney Fever'". American Songwriter. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Trampled by Turtles : Are You Behind the Shining Star?". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  7. ^ "Outside Lands 2012". Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  8. ^ Saunders, Hilary. "Watch Trampled by Turtles on the Late Show with David Letterman". Paste. Paste. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  9. ^ Lammers, Tim. "Trampled by Turtles returns to David Letterman's Late Show". BringMeTheNews. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  10. ^ "The Stars". First Avenue & 7th Street Entry. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  11. ^ Bream, Jon (2019-05-03). "10 things you'll learn about First Avenue in new Minnesota History Center show". Star Tribune. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  12. ^ Marsh, Steve (2019-05-13). "First Avenue's Star Wall". Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved 2020-05-10.

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