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The Last Bison On World Cafe | January 8, 2013

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Few bands would categorize their sound as "mountaintop chamber music," yet The Last Bison's classical-influenced Southern folk-rock actually fits the bill. The septet emerged from the marshes of Chesapeake, Va., a couple years ago, and has since made a name for itself with its complex arrangements, refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. Singer-guitarist Ben Hardesty is the group's primary songwriter, and his style recalls the work of Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes. (That said, none of those bands have a frontman sharing the stage with his sister, nor does a 75-year-old pump organ reside among their instruments.)

The Last Bison finished recording a new album this past July, and hopes to release it early this year. In the meantime, the band released an EP, Inheritance, last fall. (Link)

Tracklisting

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Freelance Whales “Generator Second Floor” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sea Wolf “Old Friend” Old World Romance
Kurt Vile “Jesus Fever” Smoke Ring for My Halo
Van Hunt “Dust” Van Hunt
((The Last Bison “Switzerland” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Last Bison “Take All the Time” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Last Bison “The Woodcutter’s Son” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Last Bison “Switzerland” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Last Bison “Take All the Time” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
David Wax Museum “Harder Before It Gets Easier” Knock Knock Get Up
Steve Earle “City of Immigrants” Washington Square Serenade
Van Morrison “Open the Door (To Your Heart)” Born to Sing: No Plan B
((JD McPherson “Northside Gal” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Rockpile “Heart” Seconds of Pleasure
The Rolling Stones “I’m Free” The Singles Collection
Jack White “Love Interruption” Blunderbuss
Aretha Franklin “Spirits in the Dark” 30 Greatest Hits
The Alabama Shakes “I Found You” Boys & Girls
Guards “Ready to Go” In Guards We Trust
Del Amitri “Roll to Me” Twisted
((Wilco “Impossible Germany” Sky Blue Sky))
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Walk Like a Giant” Psychedelic Pill
Joan Osborne “St. Teresa” Relish
Lord Huron “Time to Run” Lonesome Dreams
Prince & The Revolutions “Take Me with U” Purple Rain
((Brazzaville “Peach Tree” East LA Breeze))
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang “Feba” En Yay Sah
Vampire Weekend “A-Punk” Vampire Weekend
Alt-J “Breezeblocks” An Awesome Wave
The Style Council “My Ever Changing Moods” The Singular Adventures of the Style Council