Trampled By Turtles at the Newport

From the November 22, 2012 edition

Among the bands breathing new life into bluegrass without compromising its essentials, Duluth combo Trampled By Turtles blends traditional sounds with world-weary balladry that rustles around in the same emotional space as Mark Kozelek’s depressive swoons. For those who prefer bluegrass with a skip in its step, these guys do know how to hoedown too, even if it’s in a more melancholic mode than we’ve come to expect from finger-pluckin’ music.

Fittingly, this year’s Stars and Satellites launched the band into a new stratosphere of fame, which has it headlining the Newport this Wednesday with Spirit Family Reunion. It’s recommended rocking for anyone who digs the Punch Brothers.