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Erik Berry of Trampled By Turtles on why they won't play songs off O Brother Where Art Thou?

Trampled By Turtles, due at this weekend's Westword Music Showcase, was started in 2003 by a group friends from Duluth, Minnesota, who knew each other from playing in various bands. Liberated by the freedom and mobility of playing acoustic instruments, the players honed a sound that happened to benefit from a renewed interest in the timeless rustic sound pioneered by the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe and later championed by the Grateful Dead and later still by acts like the Yonder Mountain String Band.

See also: - Dave Simonett on how TBT takes pride in not sounding like other polished bluegrass - P.O.S on Anonymous and the benevolence of hackers - Michael Vincze of the Mowgli's on what it means to be a Mowgli

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.