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Stars and Satellites is an album by Minnesota based bluegrass group Trampled by Turtles, released April 10, 2012, on their label BanjoDad Records. According to Dave Simonett, the creation of their sixth studio album started in the fall of 2011. Their studio was a log home outside Duluth, where they moved furniture aside, set up some microphones and started to develop the album. Trampled by Turtles made their network television debut at the end of April 2012 on the “Late Show with David Letterman”, where the band performed “Alone”, one of the slow tempo songs from the Stars and Satellites album.<ref>“About Trampled by Turtles.” trampledbyturtles.com. BanjoDad. n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2012.</ref> They also played the song “Walt Whitman”, which has a frantic and upbeat melody, but it's tempered with Simonett's almost melancholic lyrics, from the Stars and Satellites album on ”The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” <ref>Kompanek, Christopher. "Trampled by Turtles Album Review." The Washington Post: WW.6. Apr 20 2012. ProQuest Newsstand; The Washington Post. Web. 16 Nov. 2012 .</ref> The album has been on Billboard's bluegrass charts since April 18, 2012 and currently is in the second spot. It was also No. 14 on the /trampled+by+turtles/chart?f=1071 Billboard Folk Album Chart and peaked at No. 32 on the /trampled+by+turtles/chart?f=305 Billboard Top 200 Chart.

According to Keith Goetzman, Trampled by Turtles have built a reputation and a fan base from playing punk-tempo bluegrass.<ref>Goetzman, Keith. "Stars and Satellites." Utne 2012: 83-. Alt-PressWatch. Web. 13 Nov. 2012 .</ref> For instance Reed Fischer states, the song "Wait So Long," a track from 2010's chart-topping Palomino, proved to be just the song to make a rowdy audience.<ref>Fischer, Reed. "Trampled By Turtles lighten up on Stars and Satellites" City Pages. City Pages Mag., 4 Apr 2012. Web. 3 Nov 2012.</ref> But on their latest album, Stars and Satellites, they slowed their pace and take a more contemplative approach to making music. Lead singer Dave Simonett said, “From the start we knew that we didn’t want to go back to trying to recreate a live show with our new endeavor. We wanted to make a record that breathes. We wanted it to feel and sound warm and more like one piece of work than several pieces put together.”<ref>“About Trampled by Turtles.” trampledbyturtles.com. BanjoDad. n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2012.</ref> Amazon.com states that they have sold out 95% of the shows played in 2011 as well as playing the main stage at divergent festivals such as Coachella and Telluride and the buzz around their latest album has much to do with it. Melding rock, punk, and indie influences, Trampled by Turtles is creating a unique sound from a traditional music form.<ref>“Stars and Satellites” amazon.com. Amazon Inc. n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2012</ref> South by Southwest writes, Trampled by Turtles employs many of the same traditional techniques of the genre, but their differences in influences, attitude and attack make for their unique sound.<ref>“Trampled by Turtles”. Sxsw.com. SXSW Inc. n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2012</ref>

All songs written by Dave Simmonett, except where noted.
# Title Time
1 Midnight on the Interstate 3:25
2 Alone 4:28
3 Walt Whitman 2:38
4 High Water 5:44
5 Risk (Dave Carroll) 2:49
6 Widower's Heart 5:33
7 Sorry (Simmonett, Erik Koskinen) 2:47
8 Beautiful 4:30
9 Don't Look Down (Erik Berry) 3:19
10 Keys to Paradise 4:02
11 The Calm and the Crying Wind 3:58

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Stars and Satellites is an album by Minnesota based bluegrass group Trampled by Turtles, released April 10, 2012, on their label BanjoDad Records. According to Dave Simonett, the creation of their sixth studio album started in the fall of 2011. Their studio was a log home outside Duluth, where they moved furniture aside, set up some microphones and started to develop the album. Trampled by Turtles made their network television debut at the end of April 2012 on the “Late Show with David Letterman”, where the band performed “Alone”, one of the slow tempo songs from the Stars and Satellites album.<ref>“About Trampled by Turtles.” trampledbyturtles.com. BanjoDad. n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2012.</ref> They also played the song “Walt Whitman”, which has a frantic and upbeat melody, but it's tempered with Simonett's almost melancholic lyrics, from the Stars and Satellites album on ”The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” <ref>Kompanek, Christopher. "Trampled by Turtles Album Review." The Washington Post: WW.6. Apr 20 2012. ProQuest Newsstand; The Washington Post. Web. 16 Nov. 2012 .</ref> The album has been on Billboard's bluegrass charts since April 18, 2012 and currently is in the second spot. It was also No. 14 on the /trampled+by+turtles/chart?f=1071 Billboard Folk Album Chart and peaked at No. 32 on the /trampled+by+turtles/chart?f=305 Billboard Top 200 Chart.

According to Keith Goetzman, Trampled by Turtles have built a reputation and a fan base from playing punk-tempo bluegrass.<ref>Goetzman, Keith. "Stars and Satellites." Utne 2012: 83-. Alt-PressWatch. Web. 13 Nov. 2012 .</ref> For instance Reed Fischer states, the song "Wait So Long," a track from 2010's chart-topping Palomino, proved to be just the song to make a rowdy audience.<ref>Fischer, Reed. "Trampled By Turtles lighten up on Stars and Satellites" City Pages. City Pages Mag., 4 Apr 2012. Web. 3 Nov 2012.</ref> But on their latest album, Stars and Satellites, they slowed their pace and take a more contemplative approach to making music. Lead singer Dave Simonett said, “From the start we knew that we didn’t want to go back to trying to recreate a live show with our new endeavor. We wanted to make a record that breathes. We wanted it to feel and sound warm and more like one piece of work than several pieces put together.”<ref>“About Trampled by Turtles.” trampledbyturtles.com. BanjoDad. n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2012.</ref> Amazon.com states that they have sold out 95% of the shows played in 2011 as well as playing the main stage at divergent festivals such as Coachella and Telluride and the buzz around their latest album has much to do with it. Melding rock, punk, and indie influences, Trampled by Turtles is creating a unique sound from a traditional music form.<ref>“Stars and Satellites” amazon.com. Amazon Inc. n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2012</ref> South by Southwest writes, Trampled by Turtles employs many of the same traditional techniques of the genre, but their differences in influences, attitude and attack make for their unique sound.<ref>“Trampled by Turtles”. Sxsw.com. SXSW Inc. n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2012</ref>

All songs written by Dave Simmonett, except where noted.
# Title Time
1 Midnight on the Interstate 3:25
2 Alone 4:28
3 Walt Whitman 2:38
4 High Water 5:44
5 Risk (Dave Carroll) 2:49
6 Widower's Heart 5:33
7 Sorry (Simmonett, Erik Koskinen) 2:47
8 Beautiful 4:30
9 Don't Look Down (Erik Berry) 3:19
10 Keys to Paradise 4:02
11 The Calm and the Crying Wind 3:58

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