Friday, February 27, 2009

Bonnaroo Artist Spotlight: Bon Iver

Bon Iver is the name of indie-folk, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon's band. The name Bon Iver is a corruption of the French "bon hiver", meaning "good winter."

Their 2007 debut, the independent release, "For Emma, Forever Ago", came after the breakup of not only Vernon and his girlfriend, but his band, DeYarmond Edison, as well, who relocated to North Carolina under the name Megafaun.

Vernon went north, to a remote cabin in Wisconsin, for several frigid months, recording an album he didn't even intend on writing. The album would later make all of the "Year's Best" lists from music magazines and online blogs like Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Pitchfork, Paste, Last FM and NPR, among many, many more.

Aside from Vernon, the band currently consists of drummer and piano player Sean Carey and Mike Noyce on guitar.

Bon Iver is planning a busy 2008, and here is where you can find his tourdates. He's got tours scheduled with Wilco, the New Pornographers, Iron & Wine, Bowerbirds, Jens Lekman and AA Bondy.

More Thoughts on Bon Iver

It was almost like you could see the buzz building in front of your eyes, all over the internet for Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago" in 2008.

It wasn't until late last year, when the story of Bon Iver caught my eye. I fell in love with the album, I believe on the second listen.

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