Trampled by Turtles

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Trampled by Turtles
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Trampled by Turtles Live 2014 in Munich
Background information
Origin Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Genres Indie folk, Alternative country, Bluegrass
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, harmonica
Years active 2003–present
Labels BanjoDad
Members Dave Simonett
Tim Saxhaug
Dave Carroll
Erik Berry
Ryan Young

Trampled By Turtles is an American bluegrass/folk-rock band from Duluth, Minnesota. The band members have referenced inspirations such as Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana and Ralph Stanley.[1] Their fifth release, Palomino, maintained a position in the Top 10 on the Billboard bluegrass charts for 52 straight weeks. 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 album Stars and Satellites was released on April 10, 2012 and debuted at number 32 on the Billboard 200 Chart and number 11 on the Alternative Chart. Their latest album, Wild Animals, was released on July 15, 2014. As of July 29, 2015, they will have played live in every state except Hawaii.

The band has performed at many national festivals including Coachella, Stagecoach, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bumbershoot,and Pickathon. In 2011, they performed at several large folk music festivals such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Floydfest, and ROMP roots and branches. They played at San Francisco's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival,[2] the Sasquatch Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Firefly Festival, Rock the Garden, 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.[3] They would return 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.[4]


  • Dave Simonettguitar, lead vocals, harmonica
  • Tim Saxhaugbass, backing vocals
  • Dave Carrollbanjo, backing vocals
  • Erik Berrymandolin, backing vocals
  • Ryan Youngfiddle, backing vocals

Simonett, Saxhaug, and Young also play in a side project called Dead Man Winter, and Young fronts The Fiddle Heirs and continues to collaborate with Pert Near Sandstone, perhaps most notably on their rendition of The Beatles classic "I Am the Walrus".



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: April 10, 2013
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
31 9 47
Wild Animals
  • Release date: July 15, 2014
  • Label: BanjoDad Records
29 3 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  • "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" (2014)[5]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Wait So Long" Justin Gustavision
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


  1. ^ Gokhman, Roman. "Trampled by Turtles". Bay Bridged. Bay Bridged. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Outside Lands 2012". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  3. ^ Saunders, Hilary. "Watch Trampled by Turtles on the Late Show with David Letterman". Paste. Paste. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Lammers, Tim. "Trampled by Turtles returns to David Letterman's Late Show". BringMeTheNews. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Trampled by Turtles : Are You Behind the Shining Star?". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 

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