XPN WELCOMES THE LAST BISON - THURSDAY, JANUARY 29th
with special guest LEO DISANTO
THURSDAY, January 29th
Doors 7:00 PM / Showtime 8:00 PM
Pre-sales end at noon on the day of the show. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets are will call only, transferable but non-refundable.
“The Last Bison make theatrical folk music that refuses to stand still and isn’t afraid to get loud.” – Wondering Sound
To capture the new sounds on The Last Bison’s upcoming album titled VA (pronounced Virginia,) the band spent many days and nights in an old A-frame cabin. The cabin, called “the Wigwam” sits on a summer camp on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp near the band’s home in Chesapeake, Virginia. The pine-lined walls and high-lofted beams became home to a temporary studio where front man Ben Hardesty says, “We had freedom to explore and create without the time constraints we lived under on previous projects.” Out of this rustic cabin emerged a collection of music with booming organic drums and energy beyond anything on their previous work.
Having drawn comparisons in the past to indie superstars the likes of Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, and Fleet Foxes, their most recent project harvests a more dynamic, and anthemic sound from the soil of their folk roots. The addition of electric bass and keyboards to their extensive collection of acoustic instruments has been compared to Bob Dylan going electric at Newport in 1965. After a performance at Norfolk, Virginia’s Harborfest, the The Daily Press commented on the new musical direction saying, “The result is a more rocking sound, though the band still remains true to its folkie roots.”
Following their first independent release, Quill, in 2011, The Last Bison was signed to Universal Republic Records and created the Inheritance album in 2013. The most recent project finds The Last Bison returning to their independent roots, having self-produced the project in collaboration with Media House Music. The Last Bison album, VA, is due for release September 30, 2014 with a tour to follow.
Leo DiSanto, a singer-songwriter and modern troubadour from rural Pennsylvania, has spent the past few years touring the Eastern US- from New England to Appalachia- as founding frontman of the incendiary, eclectic string band Vinegar Creek Constituency, winners of the first annual Delfest Bluegrass Band Competition in 2008 (www.vinegarcreek.com). In early summer 2011, Leo released his first solo album- The Moon, A Silver Dime, which resounds with a diversity of influences from Sun Records-era Elvis to Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan, from country junkyard rock to acoustic folk to warped, "Felliniesque" (Fly Magazine) circus music. With the release of his new music, Leo has begun traveling the country as a one-man band in addition to touring and recording with VCC: In winter 2012 DiSanto embarked on a 20-date DIY national solo tour, performing throughout the Appalachian South, Gulf Coast, and Texas. Described by a songwriter friend as "Lord Byron meets Merle Haggard," Leo's galvanizing solo performances have inspired comparisons to legendary troubadours such as Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Willie Nelson.