Trampled By Turtles

Minnesota Music Reviews: Dave Simonett

May 6, 2021

The lonely Turtle: Dave Simonett makes a record on his own 

By Mark Nicklawske

As the great pandemic bludgeoned the live entertainment industry it caused many musical heartbreakers - take Dave Simonett for example: The Trampled by Turtles frontman released his first album under his own name - the gorgeous Red Tail, - on March 12 of last year. Shortly afterwards, stage lights went dark forcing the songwriter to cancel a tour and lose the valuable promotion associated with it.

Erik Berry
Erik Berry

During the month of February, Trampled by Turtles has been streaming shows every Thursday, recorded at First Avenue and with a different setlist each week. Malachy, co-host of The Local on KUMD, had a chance to talk with Erik Berry of the band about the shows and how he and the rest of the band have been adapting to the pandemic.

The Friday schedule for the 2020 Duluth Homegrown Music Festival's looked to be epic, with many performances from artists we don't get to see regularly these days for one reason or another. Red Mountain, Jim Hall, Charlotte Montgomery, Purple Hearse, and a reunion set from The Very People, a soulful band from the '00s were among the highlights that could have been.

Four men standing in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

This local supergroup features Marc Gartman, Trampled by Turtles members Dave Carroll and Tim Saxhaug, and drummer Kyle Keegan. They've released their first full-length album, Among the Wild, produced by Low's Steve Garrington, and were scheduled to have a Duluth release show on  March 13, 2020 at Pizza Luce in Duluth, but just before our in-studio session they got the word that the show had been cancelled due to coronavirus fears. Fortunately they stuck around to play some songs for us and talk about making the album.

KUMD and First Avenue presents Trampled by Turtles at Bayfront Festival Park July 6!

Mandolin, fiddle, and banjo players performing on an outdoor stage
Christine Dean for KUMD

Trampled by Turtles' first show at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth since reuniting after a hiatus to release their latest album, Life is Good on the Open Road, drew a sell-out crowd of around 10,000.

KUMD is pleased to announce the release of Live from Studio A Volume 1, a collection of 16 tracks recorded in our studios over the past several years.

Trampled by Turtles at Bayfront 7/7

Jun 5, 2018
Bayfront and Trampled by Turtles

KUMD is Proud to Sponsor Trampled by Turtles at Bayfront.

One of Duluth's most famous bluegrass/folk bands, Trampled by Turtles, performs live at Bayfront Festival Park on July 7. The concert will feature special guests including Bad Bad Hats, Charlie Parr, The Last Revel, Superior Siren, and Teague Alexy Band.

Date: Saturday, July 7

Time: 4:30pm (Doors 4pm)
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 2

May 1, 2018
Man playing banjo and man playing guitar and singing into a microphone.
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

Homegrown Mondays are usually pretty chill. Dubbed “ancillary arts night,” it’s when the photo show,  the first run of the music video festival, and the poetry showcase all happen. On this particular Monday, though, things got interesting when an unannounced show from Trampled by Turtles threw festival-goers into a tizzy. More on that later.

 

While Trampled by Turtles is on hiatus, frontman Dave Simonett is releasing an album with this electric side project. Furnace, the band's second full-length, released January 27. We welcomed Simonett into the studio on January 31, 2017 to find out more about the release and his change in focus after 14 years with the hugely successful Turtles. Dead Man Winter performed an in-store the same night at Duluth's Electric Fetus and also has shows at Papa Charlie's at Lutsen on February 3 and at Pizza Luce in Duluth on February 18.

Dead Man Winter
Facebook // Dead Man Winter

We are excited to present Dead Man Winter at Pizza Luce on Saturday February 18th. As Trampled by Turtles have gone on hiatus, frontman Dave Simmonet continues with his side project, Dead Man Winter, and their second release, Furnace.

Doors 8pm | Music 9pm | 21+
SOLD OUT SHOW

Minneapolis Skyline
Adam Fleischhacker

In its third year, Trampled by Turtles’ Festival Palomino brought together a collection of beloved musicians this Saturday under the shadow of the Minneapolis Skyline. The Arcs with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Illinois’ multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, British folk rocker Jake Bugg, and acclaimed groups Elephant Revival and Frightened Rabbit were among the top-billed artists. The festival featured a wide variety of Duluth influence as well, with Erik Berry Duo and Murder of Crows, both bands featuring members of the acclaimed Duluth legends, Low. Devil’s Flying Machine, featuring Charlie Parr, also contributed to this rich collection of bluegrass, folk, americana, and rock standouts.

Congratulations to all the KUMD listeners who won passes to Festival Palomino happening Saturday, September 17!  Note venue change to Hall's Island in Minneapolis.

Trampled by Turtles returns home to the Bayfront stage on July 9th! This year they're accompanied by The Cactus Blossoms, Hippo Campus, Feeding Leroy, and Madi Davis. You can take part in the celebration for free by tuning in between June 27th and July 1 for your chance to call and enter our drawing! 

A picture of a perso in a chicken suit standing in a crowd
Laramie Carlson Photography

The KUMD Homegrown Chicken has flown the coop! Spot the chicken during Homegrown for your chance to win a Trampled by Turtles Grand Prize, including a singed Wild Animals LP and a pair of tickets to their July concert at Bayfront Festival Park! Post your picture of or with the chicken on Instagram then tag KUMD to enter. Winner will be announced after Homegrown on Instagram! See Official Rules for more details. Good cluck!

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