Trampled by Turtles, or TBT, is an indie folk band from Duluth Minnesota, composed of Dave Simonett on guitar, Tim Saxhaug on bass, Dave Carroll on banjo, Erik Berry on mandolin and Ryan Young on fiddle. (Yeah, I know…you’re already having fun and you haven’t even heard them yet.)
The group hit it big with their first studio release in 2004, but their fifth album, Palomino, has remained on the Billboard Top 10 bluegrass charts for the past year.
They’re also pretty popular on the festi circuit.
The band has performed at Coachella, Stagecoach, Bumbershoot and Pickathon. They’ve performed at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival and ROMP Roots and Branches. In addition to Bonnaroo, they are scheduled to play the Sasquatch Festival, Lollapalooza, Firefly Festival, Rock the Garden, All Good and Newport Folk.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is a country blues band from Brown County, Indiana, featuring J. Peyton on guitar, his wife, Breezy Peyton on washboard, and Aaron Persinger on drums.
While Rev. Peyton has played for the majority of his life, the band got its start once he graduated from high school. He played a party following the ceremony and awoke the next morning to an intense pain shooting through both hands. While doctors told Peyton that he’d never be able to hold his left hand in the fretting position again, years later a surgery at the Indiana Hand Center fixed him right up. Doctors removed a mass of scar tissue, Peyton met Breezy, and that was that.
Peyton’s love for the delta blues and Breezy’s passion for punk created a good ol’ boy, country sound that has remained popular among festival goers. While this is the band’s first Bonnaroo, in less than 10 years the group has played at Austin City Limits, Warped Tour and Telluride.
While the band has received offers from various blues labels, they remain independent, having found that they are able to sell more CDs at concerts than the companies have been able to market professionally.
Well, folks — it’s that time of year again. The preliminary 2011 Bonnaroo line up has officially been released, and Addam and I are putting all of our ducks in a row in the hopes that we’re going to be able to attend. It would be our fourth trip to the festival, and despite all obstacles, we’ve come too far to ever look back. We may not have a car, we may be planning a wedding and we may have more expenses than we know what to do with, but come hell or high water we’re going to figure out a way to make it to Tennessee in June. After three years, we know exactly what we’d be missing, and not Rooing is not an option.
That being said, I wanted to do something different with this post. Rather than reminisce on past shows, I wanted to offer a glimpse into the artists that I’m most excited to see this year. Some I’ve loved for a long time, and others are new to my playlist — but all should make for some exciting performances. My list is as follows: