Minneapolis bluegrass quintet Pert Near Sandstone are proud to announce the release of their newest full-length LP, Paradise Hop, on November 15 via the band’s label, Pert Near Music. The album is Pert Near Sandstone’s fourth proper full-length LP, and the band’s newest record since 2009’s Out On A Spree. With Paradise Hop, the band have managed to harness the raw energy of their famed live shows and inject it into twelve tracks of original material and a couple of originally arranged traditional songs sprinkled on top. The band’s trials and tribulations, encountered during life on the road as a Modern American Stringband, spill out in vivid detail on tracks like "Long Decline", "Appalachian Girl" and "Solid Gone". Wild-eyed, lightning fast tracks like "Reuben’s Train", "Crossroads" and "Paradise Hop" place the band’s commanding technical prowess front-and-center, while a much more cerebral and introspective facet of the band’s songwriting shines through on tracks like "Save Me" and "Parse".
Pert Near Sandstone have also unveiled a music video for their new song, "Solid Gone," which you can watch at the link below. The video, by Picture Machine Productions – the team responsible for Bon Iver’s video for "Calgary", features the band showing off their musical prowess, a number of childhood tin can phones, and lots of red string. Check it out below:
The band will hit the road beginning in October to support the release of Paradise Hop, playing many cities and venues across the Western and Midwestern states. For a full list of tour dates, see below.
Originally formed by four friends from the same hometown, Pert Near Sandstone formed unintentionally over weekly, whiskey-fueled picking sessions in an old house in St. Paul, MN. Pert Near Sandstone emerged from the same roots-based musical hotbed in Minneapolis that gave birth to Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks and Spider John Koerner. Word of the bands’ uncanny ability to whip audiences into frenzies spread and they were invited to play some of Minnesota’s most legendary venues including First Avenue, the Cedar Cultural Center and the Historic Orpheum Theater.
The band has been taking their show across the country, paying their dues in smoke filled taverns and roadside juke joints while organically building a dedicated following from coast-to-coast. Their formative years on the road painstakingly paved the Pert Near path as the band traversed from city-to-city winning over audiences "the old fashioned way"; face-to-face. Over the course of the next five years, the band maintained a full touring schedule appearing at many national festivals and sharing the stage with many legendary musical talents; the likes of Del McCoury, WILCO and Yonder Mountain Stringband.
In 2008, Pert Near Sandstone was hand-picked by Garrison Keillor to appear as the featured musical guest on A Prairie Home Companion where Garrison proclaimed that, "The group has become a force on the Minnesota roots music scene and beyond." Fellow Minnesota speed-grass band Trampled by Turtles is proud to waive the Pert Near flag high and wide with band leader Dave Simonett calling Pert Near Sandstone one of his "favorite contemporary bluegrass acts in the United States."
The band’s stock is sharply on the rise with their recent victory at the prestigious Northwest String Summit Band Competition. Pert Near Sandstone’s originally arranged rendition of The Beatles’ "I Am The Walrus", from the Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 2 (2010), was inducted into Minnesota Public Radio’s (89.3 The Current) Chart Show Hall of Fame in January of 2011 following 12 weeks on the Top 20 list; 10 of these weeks in the top 5, and 5 weeks at #1.
Pert Near Sandstone Tour Dates
Sept 30 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Oct 1 – Red Wing, MN @ The Sheldon Theater
Oct 6 – Denver, CO @ The Other Side
Oct 7 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
Oct 8 – Spearfish, SC @ Crow Peak Brewing Company
Oct 26 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Boonie’s Bar & Bar-B-Q
Oct 27 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Oct 28 – Duluth, MN @ Pizza Luce
Nov 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
Nov 17 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Nov 18 – Iowa City, IA @ Iowa City Yacht Club
Nov 19 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Nov 30 – Bozeman, MT @ Filling Station
Dec 1 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
Dec 2 – Moscow, ID @ John’s Alley
Dec 3 – Portland, OR @ Mission Theater
Dec 4 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Dec 6 – San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah Saloon
Paradise Hop Tracklisting
1. Ruben’s Train
2. Solid Gone
3. Appalachian Girl
4. Okanagan Valley
6. The Long Decline
7. Save Me
8. 20 Cups of Coffee
9. Snake Charmer
10. Sad When That Great Bridge Came Down
11. Maggie Dear
12. All night Long
14. Paradise Hop