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Trampled by Turtles

April 19, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Cameo Theater | MAP | WEBSITE

Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:30 PM

Opening guest Bailey Bigger

Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who’d ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn’t rely on amplification. Simonett hadn’t played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young (who’d previously played drums in a speed metal act) and bassist Tim Saxhaug. Along with mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll, the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass.

Trampled by Turtles released their first record, Songs from a Ghost Town, in 2004. In a genre steeped in tradition, the album stood out for its contemporary sound, essentially bridging the gap between the bandmates’ background in rock music and their new acoustic leanings. Blue Sky and the Devil (2005) and Trouble (2007) explored a similar sound, but it wasn’t until 2008 and the band’s fourth release, Duluth, that Trampled by Turtles received recognition by the bluegrass community. Duluth peaked at number eight on the Billboard bluegrass chart and paved the way for a number of festival appearances. When Palomino arrived in 2010, it was met with an even greater response, debuting at the top of the bluegrass chart and remaining in the Top Ten for more than a year. Two years later, their crossover appeal landed them at number 32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts upon the release of their sixth album, Stars and Satellites. In addition to major bluegrass and folk festivals, they began showing up at Coachella, ACL Fest, and Lollapalooza. The official concert album, Live at First Avenue, followed in 2013, recorded at Minnesota’s most famous venue. A year later, the band returned with the darker-toned Wild Animals, which bettered its studio predecessor on the album charts, reaching number 29 on Billboard. Countless tours with bands like Lord Huron, Wilco, Caamp, Mt Joy and Deer Tick to name a few have followed. 2022 will see the release of the band’s latest body of work called Alpenglow which was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

Bailey Bigger

Growing up in small town, Marion, Arkansas, just outside of Memphis, Tennessee, Bailey began writing and performing seriously in Memphis at the age of 14. Since then, she’s gone on to share stages and festival line ups with acts like The Avett Brothers, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, and many more. Bailey released her debut EP with Oxford based label, Big Legal Mess in 2020, “Let’s Call it Love,” and has gained national attention from her earthy songwriting and haunting vocals. Bailey’s debut full length album, “Coyote Red,” released with Madjack Records in March and is available on all streaming platforms. Go to baileybigger.com to learn more and find tour dates near you.

“Every now and again one of those quintessentially shining voices appears, and now is definitely one of those times.” -Melissa Clarke (Americana Highways) “Bigger’s artistry is out of bounds, with such vulnerable and truthful lyrics, she is singlehandedly bringing classic American songwriting back to life.” – RJ Frometa (Vents Magazine)

Tickets $50.00 – $60.00 + tax/fees. $5 increase day of show.

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