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Where the Heartland Meets the Sand

Independent News Alt Weekly
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Where the Heartland Meets the Sand: Trampled by Turtles
by Brett Hutchins    Full Article

If ever a band could rip your heart out, have you stomp on it, and keep you enthralled with the entire experience, Trampled By Turtles is that band. The five-piece’s brand of bluegrass combines piercing lyricism with musicianship that soars, and when the time is right, they’ll have you doing the jig—even if you didn’t know you had it in you. Mandolin player Erik Berry took a break out of the band’s recent schedule that’s included stops at Letterman and Bonnaroo to do the unthinkable—field a morning interview.

IN: Trampled by Turtles was initially a side project from the members’ electric rock bands, correct?
BERRY: Our lead singer Dave Simonett’s band had broken up and at that last gig, all his electric gear was stolen. We weren’t technically a side project, but we weren’t what he was thinking he was going to focus on. It was out of necessity for Dave. He knew it had to be acoustic.

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