Pert Near Sandstone

“This record has been a long time coming,” says Pert Near Sandstone’s Kevin Kniebel, and while that’s certainly true in the literal sense (it’s been four years since the band’s last studio release), it’s clear that his words carry a deeper, more existential meaning here. Recorded with former member and longtime collaborator Ryan Young of Trampled By Turtles, the group’s remarkable new collection, Rising Tide represents an evolution in both sound and spirit, a bold artistic breakthrough that’s been years in the making.

The performances captured on the album defy the conventional boundaries of string band music, mixing psychedelic production and punk rock energy with Celtic traditionalism and bluegrass virtuosity, and the lyrics are similarly fierce and self-assured to match, tackling all the fear and loathing of the modern political landscape with sharp insight and biting wit. It’s the kind of record Pert Near Sandstone has been building towards ever since its inception roughly a decade-and-a-half ago, a gutsy musical and social statement built on the kind of courage and confidence that only time and maturity can provide.

“As you start to get a little older, you find yourself caring less about norms and expectations,” says bassist Justin Bruhn. “You learn to trust in your art and just do what feels right instead of what you think you’re ‘supposed’ to be doing.”

Crossing Old-time instrumentation with contemporary sensibilities, the Pert Near Sandstone first emerged from Minneapolis in 2007 with their acclaimed debut, Up And Down The River. Over the course of five more studio albums and several live releases, they established themselves as standard-bearers for the versatility and vitality of the Midwestern roots music scene, performing onstage with the likes of Steve Martin and the Flaming Lips and earning dates along the way with everyone from Trampled By Turtles and Del McCoury to Yonder Mountain String Band and Sam Bush.

NPR's Mountain Stage hailed the band for putting a "Midwestern stamp on Appalachian [sounds]," while A Prairie Home Companion described them as “a force on the Minnesota roots music scene and beyond,” and The Current praised their live performances as "a frenzied string shredding spree that takes audiences under its spell." Festival favorites in both the US and Europe, the band launched their own gathering, the Blue Ox Music Festival, in 2015, hosting Bela Fleck, Tyler Childers, Jerry Douglas, Margo Price, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, and many more in Eau Claire, WI.

Past Shows


Oct
16
th
2021
First Avenue
Oct
16
th
2021
First Avenue

Pert Near Sandstone

with Mae Simpson and Brotherhood of Birds
Nov
16
th
2019
Mainroom
Nov
16
th
2019
Mainroom
Jan
20
th
2019
Fine Line
Jan
20
th
2019
Fine Line

Trampled by Turtles

with Pert Near Sandstone
Nov
10
th
2018
Mainroom
Nov
10
th
2018
Mainroom

Pert Near Sandstone

with Kind Country and The Lowest Pair
Oct
21
st
2017
Mainroom
Oct
21
st
2017
Mainroom

Pert Near Sandstone

with The Last Revel, Henhouse Prowlers and Old Salt Union
Oct
28
th
2016
Mainroom
Oct
28
th
2016
Mainroom
Oct
24
th
2015
Mainroom
Oct
24
th
2015
Mainroom

Pert Near Sandstone

with SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD and Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
Oct
24
th
2014
Mainroom
Oct
24
th
2014
Mainroom

Pert Near Sandstone

with The Big Wu and Spider John Koerner
Aug
11
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater
Aug
11
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater

SUMMER SET Music & Camping Festival

with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, BIG GIGANTIC and more!
Aug
10
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater
Aug
10
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater

SUMMER SET Music & Camping Festival

with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, BIG GIGANTIC and more!
Aug
9
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater
Aug
9
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater

SUMMER SET Music & Camping Festival

with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, BIG GIGANTIC and more!
Mar
29
th
2013
Mainroom
Mar
29
th
2013
Mainroom

Pert Near Sandstone

PERT NEAR SANDSTONE 7” Release Party
with Cornmeal and The Ragbirds
Nov
9
th
2012
Mainroom
Nov
9
th
2012
Mainroom

Pert Near Sandstone

with Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Farewell Milwaukee
Aug
18
th
2012
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Apr
6
th
2012
Mainroom
Apr
6
th
2012
Mainroom

Pert Near Sandstone

with Elephant Revival and Charlie Parr

More Shows

May
6
th
7th St Entry

Hovvdy

with Molly Parden
Mar
13
th
First Avenue

Parcels

Jan
25
th
Palace Theatre

Punch Brothers

Mar
13
th
Target Center

TOOL

with The Acid Helps