Saint Anyway is a “stomp-grass” trio comprised of Tony Petersen, Jamie Kallestad, and Dane Levinski. Originally from northland region, the band honed their chops in the tightly knit (and lately renown) indie music incubator of Duluth, Minnesota but are frequently touring farther from home these days. Now three albums and one EP deep into a promising career, Saint Anyway is poised to strike out into the nation’s exploding roots/folk scene at large, with their muscular new release Behemoth (a should-be hit and the trio’s best work to date) pulling the wagon train.
For any band so reverential to the antique sounds of early 20th Century Americana, the rare strain of hell-fire energy that propels Saint Anyway is refreshingly uncommon. On Behemoth, they continue a natural progression towards speedier (even reckless) playing styles yet choose to foreground laser-beam vocal harmonies and lyrics over traditional bluegrass bravado. The result is a well-crafted and swiftly moving album that could be shelved under alt-rock just as easily as the expected folk-bluegrass label.
Everywhere on Behemoth, Petesen’s banjo is right on the mark, connecting verses with thoughtful licks and a few mesmerizing solo moments. Touches of organ hug these songs tenderly, and the palm-muted acoustic guitar on cuts like “Eternal Life” and “Thank You, Now” hint at varied influences from power-pop or punk rock. It’s a heady mix to be sure, played with the exuberance of newcomers, the wisdom of road vets, and the unexpected turns of true innovators. Let these Saints come marching in.
The music of Saint Anyway is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and in independent music stores throughout the Midwest.
Saint Anyway once headlined an evening of music after Switchfoot opened for them.
Saint Anyway once survived a night in Nebraska when19 tornadoes touched down while they slept.
Saint Anyway is not a Christian band, and in fact has sympathy for the devil.
Saint Anyway will sleep on your couch, if you ask them or let them.
Saint Anyway, the name, means: good music moves people like religion, hence “saint”, and it can be very passive or very aggressive, like the word “anyway”, as in “anyway possible I’ll get the job done” or “anyway is fine”. It may also be a football play made famous by Hall of Famer Carl Eller, we continue to debate.
Saint Anyway owns Lucinda, their beloved maroon Chevy Express van, and she hates the Rockies.
Saint Anyway ran their past van, a GMC Safari, till there was nothing left. RIP sweet Emmylou.
Saint Anyway will never spend more than two consecutive days in Nebraska again due to the plague of bad weather that seems to live there.
Saint Anyway used up a ton of glue and time to create 300 paper-board CD cases for their first album, and sold every single one of them.
Saint Anyway made this entire website in one weekend, and skipped Web Design and Management class on Monday morning, which is very ironic.
Saint Anyway’s 2011 release “Here On The Ground” was recorded in 3 professional studios, 2 apartments and 2 houses across the states. Some of the songs where taught to the band in the morning and recorded in the afternoon, and some had been around for years.
Saint Anyway is currently planning a new double album worth of material, scheduled to be released in 2013. Shh!!
With three full-length albums, six national tours, and hundreds of live shows in the rear-view mirror of their 99 GMC Safari van, Saint Anyway the band continues to move at breakneck pace. It’s frankly unsurprising that the trio’s music is no different— an original recipe of hard-drivin’ and hard-pickin’ north country stomp grass rivaled in speed and velocity only by the mph at which they’re known to take “Emmylou” from town to town. Bluegrass may be an all-too specific label to describe what these boys do, but they’ve 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 Minnesota’s 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 incorporated 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. They are currently touring the states promoting their new release “Here On The Gound” in 2011/12. Saint Anyway simply refuses to slow down…unless, of course, it’s for a highway patrolman.