Trampled by Turtles at Paper Mill Island


One of my favorite indie folk groups ever, Trampled by Turtles is coming to CNY again–this time at Paper Mill Island in Baldwinsville. The show is on Friday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. and there are still tickets available. I saw Trampled by Turtles at The Westcott Theater back in April and was extremely impressed with the music, energy and very large crowd at the show. It was the first time I really experienced folk music firsthand and I was awestruck to say the least. Here’s your second chance to see them!

I’ve been listening to Trampled’s newest album Stars and Satellites for quite some time now and it just doesn’t get old. It has all the sounds of American roots music but is infused with a modern, indie sensibility that really bridges the gap for listeners unfamiliar with folk. Most folk–especially classic folk like Bob Dylan is somewhat unapproachable to new audiences. The more far out roots music is even less listenable. What I really like about Trampled by Turtles’ current sound is the blending of quiet, contemplative ballad-like songs with finger-picking guitar work, intense fiddling (a member broke his fiddle in half at the last show) and generally amazing musicianship that is rare in modern groups. You have an old American sound converging with the new school of rootsy indie (see Freelance Whales), which is what gives Trampled its mystique and uniqueness in a world where real “rock” is hard to find.

Here’s an excerpt from my other article on Trampled by Turtles to fill you in on the band’s history:

The band’s first release–Songs From a Ghost Town–came out back in 2004 and reflects an even more folksy/country sounding Trampled by Turtles. It appears that evolution is a major part of the plan, when comparing their debut and newest album–though all their work has the same folk roots. At the beginning of their road, Trampled came together and learned old fiddle songs, bluegrass classics and traditional folk as a way of distancing themselves from rock. Apparently the discovery of this timeless musical tradition and learning was the right move because they haven’t looked back ever since. Trampled by Turtles is based out of Duluth, Minnesota and is headed up by guitarist and soulful vocalist Dave Simonett along with a bass player, banjo player, mandolin player and fiddler–all of whom provide rich back-up vocals. Members cite influences like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and more but Trampled has its own, very distinct place in the folk world. Just nine years ago they had no live or touring experience but today many fans consider Trampled by Turtles’ concerts to be the best they’ve ever seen. Apparently their fifth release called Palomino remained in the top ten on Billboard’s bluegrass chart for 52 straight weeks. 

When I saw Trampled it was at The Westcott Theater, which is fine and all but you should be extra pumped about this show because it’s outdoors. Something about roots music and folk makes it best seen in a large outdoor space and Paper Mill Island simply could not be any more perfect. The venue is built on a peninsula where the Seneca River comes into the Bville. It’s just over the bridge as you head into town, featuring a large stage and plenty of room for crowds. It’s probably one of the most unique venues this side of Upstate New York. Here’s an aerial shot via Bville-based Plumley Engineering that emphasizes the venue’s interesting character:

Anyway, go see the show next Friday, you have the Guru’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.


Trampled by Turtles Concert at Paper Mill Island
Friday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. – Doors at 6:00 p.m.
Paper Mill Island (Directions – goes to The Red Mill Inn, right behind PMI)


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