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Saint Anyway 'capture the beast' on new live album

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Cloquet's homegrown bluegrass band Saint Anyway has a new album and a new holiday, and local fans can celebrate both tonight in Carlton.

The album is "Live in Duluth," a best-of compilation recorded over two days of live performances at Beaner's Central in West Duluth. The holiday? Thanksgiving Eve, of course.

Here's what the three-man group (Jamie Kallestad, Tony Petersen and Dane Levinski) had to say about the making of their fifth album:

"For many years we've tried to capture the reckless spirit of Saint Anyway's live sound in the studio, but never quite tapped into the right energy," Kallestad sent in a recent email to the Pine Journal. "Some different kind of beast just comes to life whenever the three of us play before a crowded room, and it is impossible to make that thing sit patiently for a studio session. ... This year, we decided to capture that beast in its natural environment. With the help of [Beaner's owner] Jason Wussow, we recorded Live In Duluth over the course of two hot summer nights at Beaner's. It is an ideal concert space, which is why we keep going back."

Saint Anyway got its start in the summer of 2008, when founding band members Jamie Kallestad and Tony Petersen began touring as a "summer job" between semesters of college. The duo started a cross-country tour of coffee shops and other small venues, playing a set list of mostly folk-standards and classic rock covers to begin with before incorporating more and more original music into the show. Band member Dane Levinski -- also a Cloquet High School graduate -- "officially" joined the band in 2010.

Kallestad said the group's sound is evolving.

"Our music is changing, and the new songs we are writing use more country or rock n' roll instrumentation (drums, keyboards, electric guitar) to supplement the familiar bluegrass sound," he said, noting that six of the 12 songs on "Live In Duluth" are brand new or previously unreleased. "On the new album, Tony, Dane and I are joined by Ben Cosgrove (keyboards), Rachel Reichert (fiddle), and Lane Prekker (percussion)."

According to the band, "Live In Duluth" is the best album that Saint Anyway has made yet.

"It's a perfect distillation of what this little band is really all about: friends, band-mates, new fans, die-hard fans, family, and strangers all coming together to have one hell of a good night, regardless of whatever else is going on around us,"

Doubt it?

Then you have two choices: spend your Thanksgiving Eve in Carlton sampling the new sound or turn on your computer and sample the band's live vibe over the internet. "Sympathy for the Devil" is now streaming on SoundCloud for free. Other singles "Easy Now" and "Holy War" streaming on The new album can be purchased at the band's live shows as well as at the Electric Fetus in Duluth and on and

Fans and friends can also catch the band on the following (local unless noted otherwise) radio and television stations over the next couple weeks:

+ KUMD 103.3 FM at 2 p.m. Nov. 27

+ KDAL 610 AM at 10 a.m. Nov. 28 in a special Thanksgiving Day broadcast

+ Fearless Radio (Chicago) at 4 p.m. Dec. 6

+ KBJR News Channel 6 at 6:05 a.m. Dec. 9