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 lead single, “Solid Gone”, from Paradise Hop, has spent 11 weeks on 89.3 The Current’s weekly Chart Show and will be inducted into the Chart Show hall of fame this week.
On the heels of three consecutive sold out shows in Colorado (Fox Theatre in Boulder, Larimer Lounge in Denver and Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins) and two sold-out headlining shows at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Pert Near Sandstone are proud to announce the second leg of their Paradise Hop National Tour. The tour, which starts on February 9th, will take make stops in Omaha, St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, Washington DC, Brooklyn, Cleveland and Chicago. The Memphis tour stop includes an official showcase performance at the International Folk Alliance Conference. The band will also be making their first headlining appearance at the legendary Minneapolis rock club, First Avenue, on Friday, April 6th with support from folk hero Charlie Parr and Elephant Revival, the indie acoustic quintet from Colorado.
Paradise Hop is the band’s newest full-length LP, out 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 String band, 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”. For full track listing please see below.
The band has been touring since October of 2011 to support the release of Paradise Hop, playing major cities and premier venues across the United 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.”
Pert Near Sandstone Tour Dates
Feb 9 – Mankato, MN @ Red Sky Lounge
Feb 10 – Ames, IA @ DG’s Taphouse
Feb 11 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
Feb 22 – St. Louis, MO @ The Gramophone
Feb 23 – Carbondale, IL @ Hangar 9
Feb 24 – Memphis, TN @ International Folk Alliance Conference
Feb 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
Feb 26 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
Feb 28 – Washington, DC @ Hill Country Live
Feb 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop
Mar 1 – Harrisburg, PA @ The Abbey
Mar 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Mar 3 – Chicago, IL @ Martyr’s
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