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Duluth MN, United States

Trampled By Turtles (TBT) is an indie folk band from Duluth, Minnesota. The group is most famous for both its fast-paced songs and plaintive ballads. Their high-energy concerts have attracted an ever-growing, dedicated fan following. The band members have referenced inspirations such as Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Ralph Stanley. Their fifth release, Palomino, has 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 sixth studio album, Stars and Satellites, was released on April 10, 2012.

The band has performed at many national festivals including Coachella, Stagecoach, Summerfest, Bumbershoot, and Pickathon. In 2011, they performed at several large folk festivals such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival and 2011 ROMP roots and branches. They are scheduled to play the Sasquatch Festival, Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Lollapalooza in 2012.

2014 saw the release of Trampled by Turtles’s seventh studio album, Wild Animals, on July 15th. The band tapped Alan Sparhawk, from the band Low, to produce Wild Animals. Sparhawk’s influence is evident in the band’s seemingly more alternative, high lonesome sound. The night of Wild Animals’ release, TBT made their second appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. On August 16th, Trampled by Turtles headlined a sold out show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO.


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  • Freecky

    Reminds me on Band of Horses on first listen.

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • DirtbagAT

    Had a blast at Pisgah Brewery watching TBT tear it up! Will catch them next time the head South-Thanks guys!

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ibsuzib71

    Saw TBT at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago they absolutely rocked!

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
  • tacopanda1045

    can't wait for you boys to bust it out at red rocks

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • ryalmeida

    Anyone know if/when they're making a Canadian run?

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Treeguy900

    Come play in Thunder Bay Ontario!

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • MusicDruthers

    At a Trampled By Turtles concert in Memorial Hall, it was a strange experience for a bluegrass concert - the venue was very fancy and not as intimate as a smaller location like Cat's Cradle could have been. The lead singer even said jokingly during the show, "Whoa, y'all feel so far from us right now," in reference to the distance between the stage and the front row. But one of the best things about Memorial Hall was their usage of lights - the strategic usage of lights bring a mesmerizing atmosphere that makes you feel displaced from the world and fully captivated by the essence of the concert. Read the rest of this blog at!! Like us on Facebook for live updates at and Twitter @musicdruthers

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • negativeffect

    summerfest show brought the thunder

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Gale-permission

    love the sound of the Banjo~

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • ZuoYiLong

    Love you guys. All the best from (Wales) UK, and China. x

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • chupap

    if you do not like TBT then you have no soul and you've been corrupted and brainwashed by the radio, open your mind, the world will be a better place and maybe you can get your soul back.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • serenamatthews

    Y'all make my coffee funner.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BruceLovesTacos

    I agree!! Asheville loves you.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • pacifiqueena

    Come back to Asheville, NC? Ya'll are so loved here.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ZombiePsyche

    I really really dig their past discography, too. Trouble will always be my favorite album as a whole, followed by Duluth.

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ZombiePsyche

    S&S is a disappointment for me as well. I didn't expect it to sound so... "Indie Rock". Lame. Not to say I dislike Indie Rock, I just dislike TBT adopting more of that sound into their writing.

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Westonhal

    I like turtles

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • PinKkFloyDd

    While Palomino is still my favorite over S&S, S&S is still pretty damn good.

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • friendlyindian

    i have yet to be disappointed by them, boring? cant piss sunshine everyday, and if you did it would probably start to burn after know?

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • muteoff

    It makes me sad to say the new album is a major disappointment. Palomino, though, that is still my favorite piece of bluegrass in recent memory. What an album!

    30 May 2012 Reply
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