The Infamous Stringdusters / Trampled By Turtles
Higher Ground – Burlington, Vermont – November 9, 2010
Contributing Writer – Garret K. Woodward
Contributing Photographer - Andrew Wyatt
Warming the chilled souls of late fall in New England, bluegrass sensations The Infamous Stringdusters and Trampled By Turtles wandered into the Queen City with a dose of rhythm, passion, and the emotionally healing power of string instruments.
“We’ve played two songs and I’ve broken two strings already,” guitarist Dave Simonett (Trampled By Turtles) playfully remarked to the roar of the crowd.
Both groups harness beauty found not only in the heartache of loss, but also the uprising of hope amid the chaos. Ghosts of our past drift from the depths of our mind. While Trampled By Turtles paid homage to The Rolling Stones (“Dead Flowers”), The Infamous Stringdusters showcased a striking take on U2 (“In God’s Country).
They effortlessly grab your attention like a pretty girl alone in the corner at a hoedown. You are flung onto the dance floor, never once losing your balance, never once losing sight of the objective, which is sincerity and a jolly good time.
It is an encounter initiated solely in the embracing tones of bluegrass.