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Pert Near Sandstone to play the Current Sessions at the Fitz

Pert Near Sandstone (Publicity photo by Graham Tolbert)

It’s shaping up to be a busy spring for bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone, who stopped by the Current’s Morning Show today to chat about a couple of significant events coming this April: the release of their new album, The Hardest Part of Leaving, and a show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul as part of the Current Sessions® at the Fitz.

Pert Near Sandstone’s Current Sessions at the Fitz takes place on Saturday, April 12, just three days before The Hardest Part of Leaving is released on April 15. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, January 31 at noon.

“We’ve been a band for almost 10 years and we’ve known each other for 25 years,” Pert Near’s Kevin Kniebel told the Morning Show today. Describing the new album, he added that, “It’s a lot of the same string band stuff that you would expect, with some traditional songs, but there will be a lot of original songs, too, that span the gamut.”

To help celebrate the release the band will be inviting special guests to join them at the Fitz, but they won’t be revealing just who will be with them. “It’s top secret. Some of them don’t even know they’re going to be there yet,” J. Lenz said, laughing.

Listen to the interview with Pert Near Sandstone here:

  1. Listen Pert Near Sandstone talk to the Morning Show

Here’s the first single off the new album, “Hellfire”:

  1. Listen Pert Near Sandstone, “Hellfire”

And here’s the cover art and track listing for The Hardest Part of Leaving, out April 15 on Pert Near Music (with pre-orders already available via Pledge Music):


1. Another Fool
2. Hellfire
3. His Island
4. Wish This Was New Orleans
5. Walk Right In Belmont
6. I’m Coming Home
7. 25th & Riverside
8. Old Man At The Mill
9. I’ll Find You
10. You’re No Good To Me
11. In Between
12. A Couple Off The Top
13. Stagger Lee
14. The Square