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Ben Hardesty doesn’t look the part of a rock star as he navigates a rickety tractor through the sprawling ranch where he grew up and fell in love with music. On the edge of The Great Dismal Swamp, Hardesty developed his spirit of adventure, and passion for doing things a bit differently. His father, Dan, gave him a guitar when he was two and later told him, “It doesn’t matter if you play it right, just make it sound good!” Not the typical teaching method, but then again, THE LAST BISON is anything but typical. The seven-member ensemble led by Ben has seemingly risen from the marshes of southeastern Virginia to captivate the national music scene with a rare blend of folk that is poetically steeped in classical influences. With their new full-length album, Inheritance, set to release on Republic Records March 5, already the band has drawn flattering though imperfect comparisons to indie rock superstars the likes of Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes. Flattering because each of those bands has carried folk rock into the main-stream; imperfect because none of them have a front man that shares the stage with his father and sister, nor uses a 75-year-old chaplain’s pump organ and Bolivian goat toenails on stage...traditional folk instruments resonate with unexpected arrangements – sharing the musical space with lush family harmonies, classical strings, and earthy percussion. Band members appear to have stepped out of an 18th century stagecoach, hinting at the band’s roots in colonial Virginia while the sound transcends a defining era, “…a welcome respite from all that is manufactured.” ~Folk Hive

Location:
Uncle Slayton's
1017 East Broadway
Louisville, KY -
Phone: (502) 657-9555

URL: http://www.uncleslaytons.com/shows.html
Price: $8 / $10
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