It was roughly a decade ago that Pert Near Sandstone first gathered around a microphone in a Minneapolis basement to record their debut album, Up And Down The River. They cemented their status as linchpins of the Midwestern scene with a series of albums, In late 2016, they released The Discovery Of Honey which featured and was co-produced by original founding member Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles. A variety of festival appearances such as the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival, as well as sharing bills on the road with the likes of Trampled By Turtles, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush and more. Their crowing achievement was founding the Blue Ox Music Festival which has featured performances by Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Margo Price and more. The magical energy of Blue Ox has been captured on their most recent release, Live at Blue Ox 2018, which features 20 tracks from their performances across the 3-day event.
"A frenzied string shredding spree that takes audiences under its spell."
- 89.3 The Current
"If old-timey bluegrass brings to mind toothless hillbillies and an empty jug as rhythm section, Pert Near Sandstone hasn't hit your eardrums yet."
"A stellar string band."
- No Depression
"A masterfully and jubilantly plucked fourth disc, Paradise Hop, which finds band leaders Nate Sipe and Kevin Kniebel coming into their own as songwriters."
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Banjo, acoustic guitar, fiddle, and stand-up bass interlock so busily and brightly on the new album Paradise Hop that there almost isn't time to bask in the group's vocal harmonies."
- The AV Club
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