Jan 182017
Justin Vernon

Last year, in preparing to release his experimental new album 22, A Million, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon held a one-time-only festival/art performance in Berlin. He brought a number of his favorite musicians to hang out and collaborate, performing new music in the round. The festival just posted videos of many of the performances, including a wonderful “Folk Circle” session that features Vernon trading folk songs with Damien Rice, Sam Amidon, Erlend Øye, O, and Ragnar Kjartansson.

Norwegian composer (and half of Kings of Convenience, who released our favorite cover of 2009) Erlend Øye covers The Moore Brothers’ 2004 song “New For You,” followed by our buddy Sam Amidon leading the crowd in a singalong of Appalachian folk song “Johanna The Row​-​di.” A French singer who goes simply by O sings a traditional French song, Damien Rice breaks the covers theme by playing his own “The Professor & La Fille Danse,” and then we get to the piece de resistance. Vernon plays a song from the man he calls “my favorite songwriter,” John Prine. Continue reading »

Aug 222013

Justin Vernon is known as a busy guy with Bon Iver side projects such as Volcano Choir, The Shouting Matches, and the numerous collaborations he’s done with artists like Kanye West. Adding to his long list of works is his contribution to an album of Peter Gabriel covers, And I’ll Scratch Yours, a response to Peter Gabriel’s 2010 covers album, Scratch My Back. Several artists that Gabriel covered will also be contributing, with heavyweights like Arcade Fire, Brian Eno, and Lou Reed. Continue reading »

Sep 162011

In a project that we’re keeping a close eye on here at Cover Me, Vermont-based folk outfit Chamberlin is putting together an EP of covers that they asked fans to help choose on their website. The voting period ended at the beginning of this week, but you can still check out the contest page to see the eight possible songs, four of which will be chosen for the release. The fruits of their labor are now starting to appear, with their version of Kanye West’s “Lost In The World” hitting the internet this week. Continue reading »

May 242011

Every time Jimmy Fallon brings a left-field cover to Late Night (which happens plenty), we’re impressed. This time, though…wow. It’s Bon Iver performing Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” which he releases as the b-side to his “Calgary” single next month. Continue reading »

May 192011

Justin Vernon, better known as Bon Iver, sings in a high falsetto and sounds lonely. However, you probably wouldn’t describe him as having the “high lonesome sound.” Well, get ready to be surprised at how well this Wisconsin native can invent some southern roots for himself. Continue reading »