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“Born in the U.S.A.” tribute album to feature Trampled by Turtles and Low

Low and members of Trampled by Turtles shared the stage at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater last year. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

An upcoming album-length tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. will feature Duluth acts Low and Trampled by Turtles, among others. The album, titled Dead Man’s Town, will be released by Lightning Rod Records on September 16, and will feature stripped-down takes on the album’s songs by country and “country-influenced” artists, according to Rolling Stone. Low will cover “I’m on Fire,” and Trampled by Turtles will take on “I’m Goin’ Down.”

Low released their most recent album, The Invisible Way, last March. Since then, they have toured, played a controversial Rock the Garden set, and been the subjects of a film, How to Quit Smoking. In addition to their appearance on the tribute album, Trampled by Turtles will release their seventh album, Wild Animals, on July 15. (Listen to the album here.) The album’s title track reached #1 on Billboard’s “Emerging Artists” chart this afternoon. They have tour dates for the album scheduled throughout the summer and fall months, including a sold-out show this Thursday at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Born in the U.S.A. celebrated its 30th anniversary last month. The album dominated the airwaves in 1984, spawning seven top 10 singles, including its title track, “Glory Days,” and “Dancing in the Dark,” and going on to become one of the best selling albums of all time. Read more about Springsteen’s biggest album.

Here’s the track list of the forthcoming tribute:

1. Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, “Born in the U.S.A.”
2. Apache Relay, “Cover Me”
3. Quaker City Nighthawks, “Darlington County”
4. Blitzen Trapper, “Working on the Highway”
5. Joe Pug, “Downbound Train”
6. Low, “I’m on Fire”
7. Holly Williams, “No Surrender”
8. Ryan Culwell, “Bobby Jean”
9. Trampled by Turtles, “I’m Goin’ Down”
10. Justin Townes Earle, “Glory Days”
11. Nicole Atkins, “Dancing in the Dark”
12. North Mississippi All-Stars, “My Hometown”

Austin Gerth is a member of the class of 2016 at Concordia College. He also writes for Concordia’s student blog, The COBBlog; and Concordia’s student newspaper, The Concordian.