Trampled By Turtles
Wait So Long
Article By: Dan Emmons/ Photos By: Kenneth Coles
American bluegrass and folk band Trampled by Turtles made Portland their most recent stop on a month’s long tour to promote their new album Life is Good on the Open Road. State Theatre’s bottom level and pit area were mostly full, while the balcony had plenty of room for concert goers more interested in taking in the show from a distance.
David Huckfelt opened the show, but the awkward pairing of his acoustic guitar with his partners electric guitar never quite meshed. The audience was only passively engaged, mostly preferring conversations and beer over close listening. That all changed when Trampled by Turtles took the stage. They started fast, preferring their old school bluegrass songs that combined all six instruments on stage. There is something special about a band that can blend all of the band members while still giving each of them their time to shine. Eric Berry, the mandolin player, took the lead on an acoustic number midway through the set, a nice complement to the more well-known songs, like “Victory.”
They played fast and fierce for the first half of the show, but the set truly hit its stride when they slowed down the tempo and played slower tunes like “Alone” and “Midnight on the Interstate.” The audience, while not quite sure how to dance to the different tone, enjoyed the change of pace. The night reached a crescendo when they ended the show with the aptly titled “Wait So Long.” They played it with a kinetic energy and crowd responded in kind, exerting all their pent up energy, a fitting end to a great show.