Trampled By Turtles


Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Justin!

Roadkill Ghost Choir, A Blow to the Head -  Many moons ago, I played these guys on the Buzz and Cindy totally flipped. That was the Florida band's first single, Beggar's Guild. On this first single from the band's first full length album (In Tongues, out Aug. 19), they've bulked up their sound, stretched out the jams and turned up the volume. But they still sound like a mutant version of My Morning Jacket. Big things in the future for this Choir.

Trampled by Turtles, Are You Behind the Shining Star - Boy, oh boy, these guys sound great. Minnesota's TbyT has moved farther from traditional bluegrass with each release, and their upcoming album Wild Animals, out July 15, is just gorgeous acoustic songs led by Dave Simonnett's beautiful, clear voice. Great open sky music.


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Justin Jacobs Roadkill Ghost Choir The 9:13 Buzz The Morning Mix Trampled By Turtles

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs (talking to us from Israel via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin:

Trampled By Turtles, "Widower's Heart" - This Minnesota band is getting closer to perfecting that aching, slow-crawling bluegrass sound, and this song is proof. It's from their latest album, "Stars and Satellites," which dropped in April. Disregard the silly name - these guys create beautiful music that won't trample you — it'll gently blow over you. That sure sounds cheesy, but give this band a shot. You won't be disappointed.

Yonder Mountain String Band, "Whipping Post, July 20, 2012" - YMSB has been the staple of the jamgrass scene for years now, with fans in both the jamband and bluegrass worlds. Though their own songs are certainly fun, I wanted to play a recent cover. This is the Allman Brother's "Whipping Post," played by YMSB at All Good Music Festival this summer. Their take is a lot faster and arguably more aggressive, despite being totally acoustic. You can find this whole set to (legally) download at


Here are a few more of my favorite bluegrass bands for you to sort through in between spins of Mumford & Sons:
Greensky Bluegrass
The Infamous Stringdusters
Hot Buttered Rum
The Rumpke Mountain Boys


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