Trampled by Turtles to take over Waiting Room for a folk-filled night

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By Krystal Sidzyik, Senior Staff Writer

Anyone looking for an out-of-this-world bluegrass and folk concert should look no further than The Waiting Room, located in Benson, on Dec. 4. Fans will be graced with the presence of a progressive bluegrass and folk band, Trampled by Turtles, and the very talented folk musician, William Elliott Whitmore. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through www.etix.com.

Trampled by Turtles, formed in 2003 in Duluth, Minn., is a five-man band made up of Dave Simonett on guitar, Tim Saxhaug on acoustic bass, Dave Carroll on banjo, Erik Berry on mandolin and Ryan Young on fiddle. Everyone except Young also contribute to the vocals in the band. Trampled by Turtles released their latest studio record, “Palomino,” on April 10, 2010. The album remained in the Top 10 on the Billboard bluegrass charts for 52 straight weeks.

Fans attending the Dec. 4 show can expect a night filled with acoustic perfection.

According to the band’s website, Trampled by Turtles is a band “with a sound that’s a bracing hybrid of classic American songwriting, bluegrass and folk, this is forceful acoustic music from the land of ice and snow delivered at breakneck pace with the fervor of religion.”

But before Trampled by Turtles takes the stage Sunday night, the crowd will be treated to a man who just finished his European tour. William Elliott Whitmore is from Lee County, Iowa, and anyone who has seen him live knows his blend of blues, bluegrass, folk and rock is riveting. He is a musician who stops listeners in their tracks. With his latest July 2011 release, “Field Songs,” he only gets better.

According to Uncut Magazine, “Field Songs” is “ground down to little more than banjo, unadorned acoustic guitar and foot stomps, his music is profoundly redolent of America’s agricultural heartland, while his voice summons up the ghost of some atavistic gospel shouter.”

Whitmore’s vocals seem to be from an old-fashioned era. They are deep, energizing and tough. He is known to perform solely on stage, drink in hand, with a banjo or guitar and occasionally a harmonica.

Trampled by Turtles and Whitmore are guaranteed to put on a fun and inspiring show for fans on Dec. 4.

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