By Christa Lawler for the Duluth News Tribune
The hiatus is over. Trampled By Turtles has announced a tour — that doesn’t yet include a Duluth stop — and an album scheduled for a May 4 release.
Simonett made the announcement Tuesday morning on The Current.
“Life is Good on the Open Road” is the band’s first album in four years and a single, “Kelly’s Bar,” is available for streaming on the band’s website. The hoedown jam harkens back to Red Wing, Minn., a place frontman Dave Simonett has also sung about with his Dead Man Winter project.
The tour starts with a two-night stand in May 4-5 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, followed by stops across the country lasting into mid-July. Openers include either Hiss Golden Messenger, Deer Tick and Duluth-mate Actual Wolf.
Simonett announced the band’s break via Twitter in October 2016. “Going away for a little while,” he wrote. “We love you all. Thanks for an amazing first chapter.”
Of note: Trampled by Turtles do not have a show lined up for early July, when they’ve traditionally played at Bayfront Festival Park. As of now, July 7 is an open day on the park’s 2018 schedule.
Also: Homegrown Music Festival typically has a mega-lineup of fan-favorite bands on Wednesday. This year, the date is May 3 — the day before Trampled’s tour starts in St. Paul.