Trampled By Turtles is a Minnesota-based band. They are playing Crossroads KC September 27th. Mandolin player Erik Berry recently discussed how he got into bluegrass and his love of playing Kansas City.
Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical?
Yes! My mom essentially paid for college by being an organist. She played for something like four church services a Sunday; she won juries at her school and she wasn’t even a music major. My dad played bugle in a hot shot drum and bugle corps. His little brother stole his horn while he was in basic service and he was DONE!
What was your earliest musical memory?
Being forced to take piano lessons.
What was the first album you bought?
5150 by Van Halen.
What first got you interested in bluegrass?
I used to DJ for my college radio station and I had the bluegrass hour, which was actually three hours. I wanted cool stuff to fill time. It was all Seldom Scene and Hot Rize.
How did Trampled By Turtles first come together?
Your latest release is the album Wild Animals. What was the first song written for Wild Animals?
I don’t know exactly, but “Repitition” and “Hollow” were the first songs played.
You’re playing Crossroads KC this year. What do you enjoy most about playing KC?
We’ve had some fun times in KC, but here is what I think of with this town: 1) terrific BBQ; 2) last place we ever played sitting (June 2010).