Trampled by Turtles "Alone" Live at KDHX 12/17/11

Pretty sure I’m just now hearing about these guys (I dunno — a lot of microbrewed beers have been consumed between 2004 and the present). Trampled by Turtles, however, has put out SIX albums since their debut.

First of all, I would voluntarily trample actual turtles to have that band name. Second — I’m still not sure why some people voluntarily listen to the modern brand of pop-country fed by the industry. The folk/bluegrass genre offered here can be just as charming and tender, yet way more entertaining. And incredibly jammable.

I got to like Blake Shelton the man while watching my first season of The Voice this year (the show’s second)… but that song he performed was just. freaking. awful. No skill. No heart. A child could have plugged words into a pop-song computer program and spit it out. Add slide guitars. *poof* “Country music.”

This better stuff wasn’t too hard to find — Amazon listed the album in their weekly new music email, and it is currently available on a player at Trampled by Turtles’ website (status-quo now for indie bands).

Having said all that, Trampled by Turtles’ latest album Stars and Satellites is not my favorite music of theirs that I’ve found. Some of it is excellent, but mostly veee e  e  ee   r    rr    r  y slow.

It’s mood music.

I can dig mood music. Kudos for making a concept album. I’ll just have to get back to it next time I’m lying outside alone next to a contemplative campfire.

But I’ve been looking around the web and enjoying immensely TbT jams such as this one that I posted at the Fb site yesterday. Apparently, that’s from their last album Palomino (2010), so, uh, slow down fellas, for a guy catching up. I want to see a lot more of this bass, guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin jamming. Some of it is epically fast.

Trampled by Turtles released Stars and Satellites in April (again.. their sixth studio album in nine years), and they will be at Lollapalooza right here in Chicago on August fifth. They’re rocking the kids of Colorado right now, who almost certainly love them.

I’ll probably discuss Bela Fleck for a minute on Friday… Cause that’s what kinda mood I’m in now….

And before I forget, it has to be illegal by now to write about folk/bluegrass music without saying this at least once: Mumford and Sons.

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