The day started out early with sound check around noon. It’s kind of an surreal feeling when you’re the only person sitting in the stands while an amazing group like any of these three warm up. Today was a rare triple-threat show for me, as I’ve been obsessively listening to all three for the last year at minimum. I’ve been to Trampled shows before, but never the two opening acts.

The Dead South really has grown on me in the last eighteen months since discovering them on Reddit. They’re playing some amazingly layered bluegrass and while you might assume they’re from Nashville or Muscle Shoals, they’re not. They’re from Regina, Saskatchewan. With their third studio album Sugar & Joy coming soon, I am anxious to see where their music will take them.

Deer Tick is one of those bands that have been around for something like 15 years – and is typical of me, I was late to that party. They were promoting their newest compilation release, Mayonnaise.

Definitely the heaviest set of the evening, which resulted in a charred amplifier

Finally, the guys who invited me out to photograph the day – Tramped by Turtles. I truly cannot thank them enough for the access they’ve always worked with us on here at – we are eternally grateful. If you haven’t seen them yet, see them on tour this year with the likes of:

The Dead South & Deer Tick
Hayes Carll
The Avett Brothers + Lake Street Dive
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

In other words, go and see them this year, even if you’ve already seen them. All amazing tickets here.

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