Black Prairie’s third full-length record Fortune was released on April 22nd via Sugar Hill Records. The album proves the band has outgrown its roots as a casual side-project of indie folk band The Decemberists, solidifying into a primary, creative focus for its members – a band with its own internal momentum, genuine character and style. "Making this record was the most collaborative and magical thing," says founder Chris Funk. "I’m excited to play these songs live."
Black Prairie’s music has been described as "the musical spirit that emanated from Big Pink in the late ’60s" (Washington Post) and somewhere "between John Ford and David Lynch, homespun tales with sinister sub-plots" (Uncut), but Fortune is an unexpected departure. This group of accomplished musicians from Portland, Oregon – each steeped in traditional American acoustic music – has written what is essentially a rock record, and sometimes with a pretty hard edge. (The band sometimes performs around Portland as their ‘electric’ alter ego ‘White Tundra,’ complete with an 8-foot, handmade robotic Yeti – it stood in the studio inspiring the band as they recorded this set of songs.)