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 »

Feb 012013
 

2012 was the year of Fleetwood Mac tributes. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of “Rumours,” various artists released covers of their favorite songs and Randall Poster put together the stunning Just Tell Me That You Want Me. Another tribute that slipped under our radar was released at the very end of 2012 via Mojo Magazine. Rumours Revisited  A tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 album featuring Yeasayer, Mary Epworth, The Staves, Liars, Dylan Leblanc, The Besnard Lakes, Julia Holter and this standout rendition of “Songbird” by English folk group The Staves. Continue reading »