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Trampled by Turtles – KXCI Presents!

April 28, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$20 - $23

Trampled by Turtles with Spirit Family Reunion

When we started Trampled by Turtles, all we wanted to do was play music with acoustic instruments as a break from our rock bands. We learned old fiddle songs, traditional folk songs, bluegrass songs, and what few original songs we had, followed those formulas. As it happened however, the first year of existence of this band was also the last year of existence for our other bands. This brought to us a challenge: to try and make our own music with an instrumental lineup we were all unfamiliar with.

In this respect I believe we had a slow start, stumbling into our own at first by writing original music that resembled, in lyric and form, the older music we were discovering at the time. At that point, early 2003, I had only been writing lyrics for a couple of years, Erik had only been playing the mandolin for a matter of months, and we had barely left the band’s home of Duluth, MN.

We were, however, having the time of our lives. So much so, in fact, that we decided that this was now going to be more than a casual side project, this was going to be our attempt to carve out a sound of our own using the same instruments people have used for centuries in order to express their lives in their times. We recorded a couple albums – albums that I think represent our early influences and, in particular, my reliance on borrowed styles and traditional forms in songwriting. These years were accompanied by our first ventures into the world of touring and the countless and priceless memories and struggles that accompany that lifestyle. The band gradually became more comfortable in its own skin and I think the songs began to reflect that.

This show is general admission standing room only: No seating guaranteed for event. There are seats available in balcony on a first come, first serve basis.


April 28, 2014
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$20 - $23
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Tucson, AZ United States