There will be more music from the dynamic and much-loved string band Trampled By Turtles, which is music to the ears of their fervent fan base in Minnesota and beyond. After scaling back touring in 2016, and then going completely cold turkey in 2017, Trampled by Turtles will release their first record in four years Life is Good on the Open Road on May 4th through Thirty Tigers. The band also plans to start touring again this May.
Trampled by Turtles reunited at a cabin in Minnesota in the fall of 2017 to see what would happen, and if the time was right to move forward with the project. “I think a little break was really good,” says frontman Dave Simonett, who released a solo project early last year under the name Dead Man Winter. “I started to miss the guys, and playing music with them. I think everybody kind of felt that way after we got some space, so it was really healthy. We were like, hey, we should make a record — and the feeling was really casual and there was no pressure at all. We were able to do it in a way that kind of felt like 15 years ago.”
Ahead of the release, the band has made a new song available called “Kelly’s Bar,” which is named after a hangout in Red Wing, Minnesota Simonett frequented when he lived in the town.
Trampled by Turtles released their first record in 2004, but achieved breakout success with their 2010 record Palomino and the song “Wait So Long.” People came for the speed and musicianship the band evidenced, but stuck around from Dave Simonett’s songwriting. Since then Trampled by Turtles has become one of the premier string bands in American roots music.
Life is Good on the Open Road is now available for pre-order.
1. Kelly’s Bar
2. We All Get Lonely
3. The Middle
4. Thank You, John Steinbeck
6. Right Back Where We Started
7. Life Is Good on the Open Road
8. Blood in the Water
9. I Went to Hollywood
10. I’m Not There Anymore
11. Good Land
12. I Learn The Hard Way