The Hardest Part of Leaving

The Hardest Part of Leaving - Pert Near SandstonePert Near Sandstone has announced an April 15 release for their next album, The Hardest Part of Leaving. The Minnesota-based outfit plans to make it available on CD, 180g vinyl, and digital download though their own label, Pert Near Music.

Nate Sipe is on mandolin and fiddle, Kevin Kniebel on banjo, J Lenz on guitar, and Adam Kiesling on bass. Andy Lambert adds a unique visual appeal to their live shows, providing a percussion through clog dancing and washboard.

They have set up a PledgeMusic campaign to allow fans to pre-order with a number of special incentives, and enable a 5% donation from all pledges to St. Stephens Homeless Shelter, started by a church in their hometown of Minneapolis. Pre-order pledgees will also have access to audio streams for all of the tracks from the CD in advance.

Based on the debut single, Hellfire, the music will again fall into the band’s particular niche, placing it somewhere in between bluegrass and old time, Americana and independent pop.


Pert Near Sandstone will spend the weeks before the CD hits touring with The Travelin McCourys and Bill Nershi. Not a bad way to push a new project!

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