Bon Iver – Guy or Band?

On this day in 2011, Bon Iver released a second album, “Bon Iver,” that would go on to peak at #2 on the US albums chart.  I admit to having been behind the curve on finding out about this American indie folk band.  And here are 2 items I learned early on in my discovery of this amazing music.

  1. Bon Iver is a band name, not a guy.
  2. The singer-songwriter of Bon Iver is Justin Vernon.

Before Bon Iver was created, Justin Vernon and a few friends from Eau Claire, Wisconsin started a band they named DeYarmond Edison. Not long after, they moved to Raleigh, North Carolina (early 2006) to experience making music in a new place. A lot of their songs can be found in the clip below.  You can really hear the similarities between DeYarmond Edison and Bon Iver. DE broke up  not long after the move, but good things came from it. Justin had been experimenting with his falsetto technique (which he is best known for today), and broke up with his Raleigh girlfriend, Christy Smith, who became much of the inspiration for his next album For Emma, Forever Ago.

The experiences in Raleigh, North Carolina, although mainly sad and bad, may be strongly connected with the songwriting success of Justin Vernon and Bon Iver. Go Raleigh!

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