Trampled by Turtles Posts

The Lowertown Line – Trampled by Turtles, hosted by Dessa

The Lowertown Line - Trampled by Turtles hosted by Dessa
Click here to view photos from the pilot recording.

PDD was lucky enough to be invited to shoot photos for the pilot of the MN Orginal program “The Lowertown Line” at Twins Cities Public Television. The Lowertown Line, is a music special hosted by hip hop artist Dessa and featuring bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles and their special guest, fellow Duluth native Alan Sparhawk of Low. The Lowertown Line’s five song set and insightful conversation was recorded with a live studio audience.

To view our photos from the pilot click here.

Trampled by Turtles – Alone video

Another version of “Alone,” done by Audio-Files Music. They also did some nice Low videos.

The other version of “Alone.”

Duluth band Trampled by Turtles on Late Show with David Letterman

Tuesday, April 24, 10:35 p.m., KDLH-TV 3.1
Late Show with David Letterman guests:
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show)
Trampled by Turtles (CD, Stars and Satellites)

“Alone” Trampled by Turtles video has world premiere on CMT

CMT World Premiere Trampled by Turtles "Alone"

This was really a pleasure to see, both as a Duluthophile and a music lover. Our boys just keep getting bigger (and better). “World Premiere” music videos surely don’t have the same appointment television mystique that they did back in the early 80s on MTV, but still. This is cool.

Dave Simonett’s MN tattoo and various Duluth scenes and landscapes all have uncredited cameos. Feel free to do the “Where in Duluth?” game on them. I could only figure out a couple on my own.

A Prairie Home Companion in Duluth

Here’s the complete broadcast from Feb. 25 at the DECC Symphony Hall, featuring the Grand Rapids High School Jazz Ensemble and Trampled by Turtles.

Trampled by Turtles and Prairie Home

Remember when I suggested we do what we can to get Trampled by Turtles on the upcoming A Prairie Home Companion show in Duluth? Well, we did it. Check out PHC Facebook page.

Let’s Get TBT on Prairie Home

OK first, this is a first. Me writing to suggest we organize an effort to get someone on the stage of A Prairie Home Companion when the show comes to Duluth in February. It’s not quite like calling a local radio station to request a song, but not all that far off either.

It reminds me of the time I called Sirius XM ’60s on 6 host Phlash Phelps when Duluth was the mystery city of the day. I actually sent him about a dozen quick facts which he used throughout the morning. Patty was not amused.

I like Trampled by Turtles (listening now while I pour through data for a report) and believe they’d be a natural for the PHC audience. So, I’ve posted on the PHC Facebook page suggesting they contact the group to see if they’re available. Maybe you’ll consider a similar post.

Trampled by Turtles 2011 Homegrown Show Information

Hullo, Trampled by Turtles fans!
Stop. Collaborate and listen. The Trampled by Turtles show at the Clyde Iron is going to be awesome. To help keep it awesome, please be aware of the following:

  • This is a 21+ show.
  • There is a max capacity at Clyde Iron. Once this is reached, no more admittance wristbands will be available.
  • Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • No backpacks, bottles, guns, exotic animals, imported fruit, bad manners, etc., etc.

Ticket Information:

  • $5 Wednesday night only tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. at Clyde Iron. Cash Only. Weeklong wristbands will also be available for purchase.
  • If you already have a Homegrown Weeklong wristband you do not need an additional ticket. A weeklong wrist band does not guarantee admission.
  • First come, first serve general admission. Once Clyde Iron reaches capacity no more fans will be admitted.
  • Homegrown will be handling all ticket sales. Please DO NOT call Clyde Iron looking for ticket info or purchasing.

Trampled by Turtles – “Victory”

TBT Playing Coachella

Looks like 2011 is going to be another great year for Duluth bluegrass-rockers Trampled by Turtles as they join the lineup for this year’s Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California.

Trampled by Turtles on MTV?

It just might happen if the band gets enough votes in MTV’s online contest.

I just love seeing that iconic MTV logo up in the corner, makes me smile, but then again I’m a child of the 1980s and maybe it means something different to me than others.

Did you see TBT on the PlayList on PBS?

Karen Sunderman has a new show on PBS named The PlayList that debuted last night featuring Trampled by Turtles.  Here is a link to an interview and more information.

They have many more shows coming up with bands like Cars & Trucks and other local artists appearing on the premiere episode on April 1 @ 9PM.  That is also when it begins its regular run, but last night was a preview of what is ahead. It is really great that we now have a television program covering the arts of the Northland. If you have a story idea, want to learn more or are an artist contact them through their site at

Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles on KUMD and @ Pizza Luce w/ TBT

For some reason this Minneapolis gypsy, folk super-group has yet to set foot in Duluth but the wait is finally over. A regular main-stay at Minneapolis venues such as the Cedar, the Dakota and First Avenue, tonight they open for Trampled By Turtles @ Pizza Luce. It will be hard to follow last night’s opening performance by Minneapolis roots-rockers A Night in the Box, though Michelle & co. will certainly cease your attention. Trampled By Turtles really loves their regional bands, supporting numerous, young, up and comers including A Night in the Box, Johnson Family Band, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and many more.

Trampled by Turtles — “Duluth” live in Cleveland

The title track from the latest release by Trampled by Turtles, performed at the Beachland Tavern in Cleveland, Ohio on June 8.

Trampled By Turtles, Bended Oak, Tangier 57 Play for the Lake

Local bands Trampled By Turtles, Bended Oak and Tangier 57 will play at the Rex on Friday, March 13 in a “Benefit for the Lake.” Proceeds from the concert will support Duluth’s McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in its effort to protect Lake Superior from invasive species.


The Rex Bar, Early Bird Drink Specials 8-10 p.m.

Donation: $8 Before 9 p.m., $10 after

Tangier 57: 8 p.m.

Bended Oak: 10 p.m.

Trampled By Turtles: Midnight

Duluth’s Izaak Walton League is taking on the federal government (National Coast Guard and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) to prompt federal protection of our shared resource (visit for more information about this effort). Minnesota and Wisconsin, have already begun taking steps to clean up ballast water, but varying regulations from state to state are likely to create headaches and confusion among the shipping industry. The current effort calls for a unified solution for this national problem. Come listen to some good music and help protect our Lake.

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