Acclaimed band Trampled by Turtles continue to receive praise for their new album Stars and Satellites available now on Thirty Tigers/RED. The new album, which debuted #32 on Billboard Top 200 and #11 on the Billboard Alternative chart, was described by Paste as having “unexpected nuances that allow these songs to transcend their genre.” The record follows the band’s 2010 release Palomino (Thirty Tigers) that garnered critical acclaim from NPR Music who praised both the band’s “impeccable dexterity” and “charm and melody to the songs.” To celebrate the new release, the band performed on “The Prairie Home Companion,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” The new Squidbillies animated video for the track “Walt Whitman” is out now: The band will continue to celebrate the new release on the summer festival circuit and with further dates throughout December in the U.S. Full details on reverse.
Since forming in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003, Trampled by Turtles always felt they were able to attain an energy on stage that can’t be found in the studio. They were so comfortable playing on the road that they treated their previous albums’ recording processes like tours. For Stars and Satellites, however, Trampled by Turtles didn’t want to simply try to recreate a live show. “We wanted to make a record that breathes,” explains Dave Simonett (guitar/vocals), “musically we wanted to step out of our comfort zone.” “This record is all about going inward,” Erik Berry (mandolin, vocals) adds, “building a focused bond as players and friends, and bringing a different mindset to the sounds Trampled by Turtles can make.” With the help of engineer Tom Herbers (Low, Jayhawks) the band moved into “Soleil Pines,” a log home outside of Duluth, to record. “You know how sometimes they say ‘less is more,’” notes Berry, “that’s what Stars and Satellites is about.”
Trampled by Turtles is Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug (bass, vocals), Dave Carroll (banjo, vocals), Erik Berry and Ryan Young (fiddle). Within the contained music scene of Duluth, the members of the band did their own time in punk and rock bands, brandishing their electricity proudly before switching to acoustic instruments. While they never set out to be a “bluegrass” band, Trampled by Turtles employs many of the same traditional techniques of the genre, but their differences in influences, attitude and attack make for their unique sound.
After spending years refining their live show and building fans via word of mouth, Trampled by Turtles released Palomino to little fanfare out of the gates. The story quickly built and eventually the record spent over a year straight on the Billboard Heatseakers Chart. Along the way their one-of-a-kind live show, along with a video for the song “Wait So Long,” built them legions of fans. In 2011 the band sold out nearly every show they headlined and played top national festivals including Coachella, Newport Folk and Telluride Bluegrass.

August 30                                                      Winnipeg, MB                                  West End Cultural Centre
August 31                                                      Saskatoon, SK                                                        Amigo’s
September 1                                                     Calgary, AB                                                         Republik
September 2                                                   Whitefish, MT                                           Great Northern Bar
September 4                                                    Missoula, MT                                                 Wilma Theatre
September 5                                                       Boise, ID                                                 Knitting Factory
September 6-7                                                  Portland, OR                                                 MusicFest NW
September 8                                                     Seattle, WA                                                     The Neptune
September 9                                                    Bozeman, MT                                              Emerson Theatre
September 13                                               Grand Marais, MN                                            Mountain Stage
September 14                                                  Mankato, MN                                    Verizon Wireless Center
September 21                                                  Pensacola, FL                                              DeLuna Festival
September 23                                               North Adams, MA                                      Fresh Grass Festival
October 3                                                     Grand Rapids, MI                                           The Intersection*
October 4                                                        Nashville, TN                                           Live on the Green*
October 5                                                        Roseland, VA                                                       The Festy
October 7                                                      Wilmington, NC                         Greenfield Lake Amphitheater*
October 8                                                      Jacksonville, FL                                               Freebird Live*
October 10                                                    New Orleans, LA                                                    Tipitina’s*
October 11                                                       Houston, TX                     Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues*
October 12                                                        Austin, TX                                            Austin City Limits
October 14                                                        Dallas, TX                                       Sons of Hermann Hall*
October 15                                                    Fayetteville, AR                              George’s Majestic Lounge*
October 16                                                     Columbia, MO                                               The Blue Note*
October 18                                                     Louisville, KY                                    Headliners Music Hall*
October 19                                                     Indianapolis, IN                                                   The Vogue*
October 20                                                     St. Louis, MO                                                  The Pageant*
November 1                                                     Duluth, MN                                            Clyde Iron Works
November 7                                                       Fargo, ND                                              Venue @ The Hub
November 8                                                   Sioux Falls, SD                                  Orpheum Theatre Center
November 10                                                  Milwaukee, WI                                                  Pabst Theatre
November 13                                                    London, UK                                       Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
November 14                                                     Leeds, UK                                                   The HiFi Club
November 15                                                  Edinburgh, UK                                                 Sneaky Pete’s
November 16                                                    Belfast, UK                                      McHughs Basement Bar
November 17                                                     Dublin, IE                                                 Workmans Club
November 18                                                Birmingham, UK                                               Hare & Hound
November 29                                                    Buffalo, NY                                                 Town Ballroom
December 2                                                     Portland, ME                                        Port City Music Hall
December 4                                                South Burlington, VT                                           Higher Ground
December 6                                                     Cleveland, OH                                          Beachland Ballroom
December 7                                                       Urbana, IL                                               The Canopy Club
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