Minnesotan quasi-bluegrass band, Trampled By Turtles played the Blind Pig last Friday. I was in attendance and the place was packed.
Melding bluegrass themes with a number of other modern and traditional influences, the five piece group puts on a really good show. Their oeuvre effortlessly encompasses the melancholy and the raucous, showing no strain around the edges; and the band members are fluent enough with their own work and with each other to smoothly transition from piece to piece, making for a really enjoyable performance.
A number of other folks at the performance who had seen Trampled By Turtles before said that this was the best show that they had been to - and as someone with a keen appreciation of bluegrass, I was inclined to agree. Trampled By Turtles put interesting new spins on the standards as well as putting bluegrass spins on modern songs. The highlight of the evening for me was the Pixie's "Where Is My Mind" played by a banjo.
The only real downside to the show was that I couldn't get close to the stage and I drank away all the money in my wallet so I couldn't buy their LP, Palomino. Next time, perhaps.