The Last Bison - Inheritance

If you tried to imagine what mountain music might sound like played by a folk orchestra of fiddles, banjos, mandolins and cellos you might come up with something akin to the music of Virginia's The Last Bison. With hirsute frontman and songwriter Ben Hardesty forging the way, the Chesapeake septet is less sturm and drang and more strum and twang as they take the front porch folk into new realms of sophisticated and intricate string arrangements. "At once epic and intimate", raves The L.A. Weekly, "great outdoorsy and fireside cozy". Drawing comparisons to Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons and The Decemberists (and their offshoot Black Prairie) their buzzed fall 2011 debut Quill caught the attention of local radio and music blogs and the band released an EP via new label Universal Republic last fall that included one new song and three rerecordings of songs from Quill. March 5 full length Inheritance expands that concept of new and reworked, delivering a collection of songs that bridge modern Americana, rustic roots music and sophisticated acoustic/symphonic grandeur in one fell swoop. Stream "Dark Am I" and watch some preview videos after the jump...

The Last Bison - 'Switzerland' (from Inheritance) Free Download

The Last Bison - 'Dark Am I' from Inheritance)