Sunday June 24 — 3:30pm
With two full-length albums, four national tours, and hundreds of live shows in the rearview mirror of their 99 GMC Safari van, Saint Anyway the band continues to move at breakneck pace. Itʼs frankly unsurprising that the trioʼs music is no different— an original recipe of hard-drivinʼ and hard-pickinʼ north country stomp grass rivaled in speed and velocity only by the mph at which theyʼre known to take “Emmylou” from town to town. Bluegrass may be an all-too specific label to describe what these boys do, but theyʼve certainly heard it before. Call it what you will, this musical racket will certainly get your feet moving.
Co-founded in 2007 by Jamie Kallestad and Tony Petersen in the dead of winter, Saint Anyway first took musical shape in the mom-and-pop diners and back-country dives of Northern Minnesotaʼs Carlton County. Playing for tips and the occasional meal, the pair burned through a repertoire of well-worn bluegrass standards quickly and began writing their own songs—inspired by the same “high and lonesome sound” that brought them together in the first place. Before long, (and before they were even old enough to buy a drink in a bar) the two ruffians were off and running across the country, taking their own music and a banjo-fueled version of “Sympathy for the Devil” to would-be fans from Colorado to Tennessee.
After adding Dane Levinski on acoustic bass, and incorporating a thumping kick-drum into their hard-strumming style, Petersen and Kallestad finally realized that they were holding the reigns to a truly powerful beast—so they let it run wild. Today, their playing is faster, their audience is rowdier, and their beloved Emmy is taking more miles than ever before. With a new album of all-original music due summer of 2011, Saint Anyway simply refuses to slow down…unless, of course, itʼs for a highway patrolman.