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Pert Near Sandstone Covers The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait”

by Apr 20, 2024Featured, Music, New Releases

Listen To Pert Near Sandstone Cover The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait”:  New Video + Single Out Now

article by Erin Scholze | Dreamspider Publicity

ST. PAUL/ MINNEAPOLIS, Minn — Fresh on the heels of the release of their 8th studio album, Pert Near Sandstone has recorded a cover of The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait” which they are excited to release today, April 19. Longtime stewards of the modern string band resurgence throughout their 20 years as a band, Pert Near Sandstone are known for their contemporary appeal and collaborative spirit with their lively music, quick pickin,’ creative lyrics, and choice covers.
Pert Near selected this iconic song to cover as an experiment to see how they could translate The Replacements’ sound to their acoustic ensemble and style—funked up with the addition of special guests on saxophone and trumpet.
The band says, “The arrangement was prompted by our hometown performance at Minneapolis’ First Ave‘s mainroom for our Waiting Days album release show [Dec 2023]. It was so enjoyable to play that we decided to record our live version in the studio. May it represent our gratitude and be an homage to the incredible Twin Cities music scene.”
Song & Video Credits:
“Can’t Hardly Wait” (Live cover of The Replacements) 
Arrangement by Pert Near Sandstone 
Recorded and mixed by Ryan Young at NeonBrown Recording Studio
Cover Artwork by Nate Sipe 
Video recorded and edited by Matt Hussey
Lead vocals, Bass: Justin Bruhn
Banjo: Kevin Kniebel
Guitar: J Lenz
Mandolin: Nate Sipe
Fiddle: Chris Forsberg
Saxophone: Max Felsheim 
Trumpet: Bobby Jay
Pert Near Spring 2024 Tour with Armchair Boogie

Pert Near Sandstone on Tour with Armchair Boogie this Spring:

4/25 Thu – Roots Music Project – Boulder, CO
4/26 Fri – Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO
4/27 Sat – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
4/28 Sun – The Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
4/30 Tue – Neurolux – Boise, ID
5/1 Wed – Volcanic Theatre Pub – Bend, OR
5/2 Thu – Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA
5/3 Fri – Trout Lake Hall – Trout Lake, WA
5/4 Sat – The Showdown – Portland, OR


Pert Near Continues the tour (more TBA): 
5/31 Fri – The Potter’s Shed gallery – Shell  Lake, WI
6/1 Sat – Thrasher Opera House – Green Lake, WI
6/6 Thu – Vivarium – Milwaukee, WI
6/7 Fri – Summer of the Arts – Iowa City, IA
6/8 Sat – Shops & Hops Festival – Vergas, MN
6/27-29 – Blue Ox Music Festival – Eau Claire, WI
7/13 Sat – Nordic Bluegrass & Folk Festival – Keystone, CO


Well known for their humor and levity, with a charm that is never far from the surface, the connectedness to community is at the core of Pert Near’s music and philosophy. Nobody on earth is having a singular experience, which the songs in their most recent full album release, Waiting Days, shine a light upon. 
Waiting Days (released in October 2024) has received numerous accolades from a variety of publications including JamBase (“poignant”), Americana Highways (“deliciously raucous”), The Alternate Root (“a compelling sound that goes from rousing revelry to sounds of steady assurance”), AmericanaUK (“Four horsemen are approaching as the sands of time run out”), Bluegrass Today (“Ultimately, these striking songs — rich in both melody and meaning — make this a highly impressive effort overall”), antiMusic’s Root 66 (“‘Out of Time’ sounds like R.E.M. performed as bluegrass but the plaintive song dripping with urgency and detailing social ills”), Star Tribune (“laced with post-pandemic hope and a raw elegance”), and many more.
Music Mecca listed them on their ‘Year In Review: Top 15 Folk, Americana, & Roots Albums of 2023,’ and said, “This Midwest bluegrass quartet caught my eyes and ears several years back when I went to and covered their rad summer music festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Blue Ox Music Festival. This group of pickers can hang with the best of ’em, and are just nice dudes to boot… Their singles ‘I’ve Been Traveling’ and ‘Out of Time’ reeled us in on Waiting Days, and the whole thing is full of killer ebbs and flows among the 11 tracks.” 

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