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Trampled By Turtles is from Duluth, Minn., where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. He began piecing together a band, taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk and other genres. Simonett hadn't played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young and bassist Tim Saxhaug. Along with mandolinist Erik Berry and banjo player Dave Carroll, the group began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass. Trampled By Turtles released its first record, Songs from a Ghost Town, in 2004. In a genre steeped in tradition, the album stood out for its contemporary sound, essentially bridging the gap between the bandmates' background in rock music and their new acoustic leanings. 2005’s Blue Sky and the Devil and 2007’s Trouble explored a similar sound, but it wasn't until 2008 and the band's fourth release, Duluth, that Trampled By Turtles received recognition by the bluegrass community. That album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard bluegrass chart. When Palomino arrived in 2010, it was met with an even greater response, debuting at the top of the bluegrass chart and remaining in the Top 10 for more than a year. Two years later, the album Stars and Satellites landed the band at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts. Trampled’s latest album, Life Is Good On The Open Road, was released on May 4, 2018.
Lord Huron was created by Los Angeles-based Ben Schneider. Born and raised in Michigan, Schneider drew inspiration from the Great Lakes, and after writing and recording two independent EPs (Into the Sun and Mighty) on his own, demand grew for Lord Huron to perform live. Schneider recruited friends Mark Barry (percussion), Miguel Briseño (bass) and Tom Renaud (guitar). Having first played music together at age 12, the group reunited to form a full-fledged band. The group released 2012's Lonesome Dreams and Strange Trails in 2015, which includes the Platinum hit “The Night We Met.” The latest release, Vide Noir, is a sonically bold, bravely executed saga that pushes the band's sound in ambitious new directions. Lord Huron has toured extensively in North America and Europe, earning rave reviews and performing for sold-out crowds at some of the world's most prestigious venues.
Lissie grew up in Rock Island, Ill., near the Mississippi River, speaking her mind and writing songs from an early age. Her 2016 critically acclaimed album My Wild West – the follow-up to 2010’s Catching a Tiger and 2013’s Back to Forever – peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and Top 10 on the Independent Album chart. Her most recent album, Castles, was released in March 2018. Written predominantly from Lissie’s new home in northeast Iowa, Castles is a portrait of an artist who has always been on the move and is finally creating a sense of permanency – a chance to catch her breath and reflect.