Cola Concerts Welcomes Trampled By Turtles

Article Contributed by CK Communicati… | Published on Saturday, April 24, 2021

Trampled By Turtles is heading to Cayce with a show at one of the largest live music venues operating in the country, the Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center. The band will perform live as part of the Cola Concert Series Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Country star Daniel Donato will open. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 23 at 10:00 AM. Fans can get early access to tickets by signing up for the Cola Concerts Speedway Club at

Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who'd ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn't rely on amplification. Simonett hadn't played any bluegrass music before, and he filled his lineup with other newcomers to the genre, including fiddler Ryan Young (who'd previously played drums in a speed metal act) 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 their 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. Blue Sky and the Devil (2005) and Trouble (2007) 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. Duluth peaked at number eight on the Billboard bluegrass chart and paved the way for a number of festival appearances. 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 Ten for more than a year. Two years later, their crossover appeal landed them at number 32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts upon the release of their sixth album, Stars and Satellites. In addition to major bluegrass and folk festivals, they began showing up at Coachella, Bumbershoot, and Lollapalooza. The official concert album, Live at First Avenue, followed in 2013, recorded at Minnesota's most famous venue. A year later, the band returned with the darker-toned Wild Animals, which bettered its studio predecessor on the album charts, reaching number 29. Trampled’s latest album is Life Is Good On The Open Road. TBT returns to the road in 2021 co-headlining tours with Mt Joy, Caamp and Wilco.

Daniel Donato, a 25-year-old Nashville native, has distilled those life lessons into his debut album, A Young Man’s Country, his proper introduction to the general musical audience. Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium in a mere two days and produced by guitar-ace Robben Ford, the record weaves outlaw country, Grateful Dead-style Americana, and first-rate songwriting into a singular form Donato calls “21st-century cosmic country.”

The Cola Concert Series includes Blackberry Smoke & North Mississippi Allstars Friday, April 23, Wynonna Judd on Sunday, April 25, Grace Potter Thursday, April 29, Shovels & Rope Saturday, May 1, and Mt. Joy Saturday, May 15, Indigo Girls Wednesday, May 26, Dark Star Orchestra June 5-6, Disco Biscuits June 18-19, Trampled By Turtles Thursday, June 24, Tedeschi Trucks Saturday, June 26, and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Thursday, September 2. Additional shows will be announced soon.

Trampled By Turtles will perform as part of the Cola Concert Series Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Tickets range from $35 to $65 and go on sale Friday, April 23 at Each ticket will cover the cost of one seat in a two or four person box and patrons must purchase all tickets in the box. Tickets will also be available the night of show at the gate, subject to availability.

Fans are encouraged to sign up for Cola Concerts Speedway Club at to get all show announcements and early access to ticket presales. The Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center is located at 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce, SC 29003.