Walt Whitman - Trampled By Turtles

from the album Stars and Satellites (2012)

This has been a great year for the banjo-plucking crowd.  The Lumineers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford and Sons, and The Avett Brothers are all part of a pretty sweet playlist of new tunes on my iDevices.  But this weekend, I realized that I have omitted Trampled By Turtles.  Shame shame.

This band hails from Duluth, Minnesota ... birthplace of the one and only, Bob Dylan.  Walt Whitman is the song I keep coming back to from their 2012 release, Stars and Satellites.  It is a 2 minute 39 second full-gallop.  I dig the fast tempo and how the musicians keep so tight while playing at such a blazing pace.

Of particular note is the fiddle solo.  It reminds me of the first time I saw Charlie Daniels in concert.  Lickity-split finger work playing scales up and down the neck.  I really look forward towards seeing this dude play live.

Lastly, I enjoy the theme of leading a whirlwind life, while remaining uncertain if you can make it on your own.  Not entirely sure where Walt Whitman fits in.  I'll let you know when I figure it out.

This is a fun song for driving down a country road with the top down.

Click Here for the official music video from Adult Swim.

Click Here for a live performance in KDHX studios in Saint Louis.

Click Here to watch the vinyl for the album Stars and Satellites being pressed.  Cool if you like machines.