Wednesday, February 20, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Bon Iver

Artist:Bon Iver
Album:Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver started out as a backwoods folk music project for singer songwriter Justin Vernon. With his 2011 CD Bon Iver, Bon Iver, Vernon tried to turn it into more of a band instead of a one man show. He somehow got mainstream attention and Grammy awards. I think he's good but I'm not sure he merits more attention than any other folkie. Vernon was born Apr. 30, 1981 in Eau Claire, WI. He had some success on the local music scene in Raleigh, NC with the band DeYarmond Edison, Vernon's middle names. After releasing a couple of EPs, the band split up and the other members started a new band Megafaun. Vernon moved back to Wisconsin and spent the winter at his father's cabin in the woods. He decided to record there. The name Bon Iver is a French greeting meaning Good Winter used frequently on the popular TV series Northern Exposure. He recorded the 2007 CD For Emma, Forever Ago in that cabin himself. There was no band. Vernon never intended for the CD to get a wide release. But then bloggers started calling it the album of the year and it all snowballed from there. The 2011 CD Bon Iver, Bon Iver was even more successful. He brought in musicians to play so it wasn't just his voice. Some songs got radio play including Holocene. The CD is more commercial because it's more produced. It's not just Vernon in a cabin. He formed a touring band and did the music festival circuit. And he also won Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album Grammys. Holocene was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. After the 2012 tour was done, Vernon announced that Bon Iver was going on hiatus. He doesn't know yet if Bon Iver will return as a band or Vernon will go back to recording in his father's cabin. My guess is he would prefer the latter but he may be too famous for that. Here's the video for Holocene by Bon Iver.

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