Trampled By Turtles deliver bluegrass euphoria in Palomino [Album Review]

by oz on April 29, 2010

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Trampled By Turtles were hands down my biggest surprise of SxSW 2010. I had already listened to their debut latest album, Palomino, but nothing prepared me for the storm of bluegrass energy that blew my hair back a the Lucero Family Picnic Party at Red Eyed Fly in Austin. They opened, but stole the show away from followers like Deer Tick and Justin Townes Earle.

The Minnesota band plays a unique brand of raucous bluegrass that will win over audiences of all shapes an sizes. In person, Trampled By Turtles sound and stage presence is impossible not to love. On Palomino, it’s exhausting to make your way through if you’re unprepared for the furious pace of the mandolin, banjo and fiddle. I listened to the opening track, “Wait So Long” and started sweating a little bit out of my right armpit (For some reason that’s where my sweating starts and my left armpit never quite catches up).

Luckily, TxT balances ferocious tracks like “Wait So Long,” “It’s a War,” and “Feet and Bones” with lighter fare like “New Orleans,” “Separate,” and “Bloodshot Eyes.” This balance of energy is a bit like riding a roller coaster. You’ll take twists, bends, and dips at break neck speeds before clicking your way slowly up an ascent that drops you back down into the bluegrass abyss. It’s one hell of a ride.

They are touring in May and June, so check out their site for dates. We damn near had a session with them last time through Chicago, but their schedule was too tight to make it happen. Judging by the video below, it would have been something amazing. Maybe next time…

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Trampled By Turtles – Wait So Long

Video: Trampled By Turtles – Wait So Long

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

sean April 29, 2010 at 8:45 am

TbT were pretty good that night…but the highlight of the Lucero family picnic at SXSW was Murfreesboro, TN’s Glossary, and I can’t wait to see them on Hear Ya one of these days!

Mattb April 29, 2010 at 9:15 am

These guys rocked the Double Door in early April.

Woody April 29, 2010 at 10:00 am

That Double Door was a tough show to pass up with DM3. Being that I had just seen both recently, I opted for Megafaun who were also killer. That all being said, as Oz said they had Red Eyed Fly hopping at SXSW.

Nate May 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Uh, TbT actually have, like, six full albums previous to Palomino. I don’t know what you mean by “debut album”.

oz May 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

Nate – Thanks for pointing that out, and you are obviously correct. I didn’t even realize that I wrote “debut” in the post. I think that’s what you get when writing multiple posts in parallel.

Joe September 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Name of one of the last songs played at Telluride this June.
Something like ‘If I knew then what I know now’. I believe it is a cover song…not sure… but would like to chase it down.

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