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Bon Iver covers Bonnie Raitt

I was first introduced to Bon Iver a year or so ago when I was driving along the roads of Baton Rouge, Louisiana with my girlfriend and listening to the local college radio station, KLSU. The song was Skinny Love, one of their more popular songs. I was immediately taken in by the simple yet effective production technique and the singer Justin Vernon’s voice . A singing style that is an instrument in itself.

Not to sound cliche, but the autumn weather mixed with the song and driving around Baton Rouge, made the song a perfect soundtrack for the evening.

A few nights ago the group was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote their new album and their new single Calgary. On the B-side of the single is a few covers, one of them being Bonnie Raitts classic, I Can’t Make You Love me. (Shown Below)

Two big things in music that never get old to me are simplistic musical stylings in songs. Tracks where the songs are  broken down to the bare essentials and are left with an intimate and acoustic vibe  where each instrument must speak for itself but must also compliment the whole.

The second thing being covers!

I always find it fascinating to see another artists take on a popular song, if done effectively a cover can tell a completely different story just with a few changes. This is a great example of both of those things–Vernons voice is wonderfully soulful in this rendition and the instrumentation is spot on.

Eh, enough rambling. Great cover–enjoy!

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(Image Courtesy of This Bonus Track)
  1. 06/02/2011 at 11:38 pm

    1. I always thought Bon Iver was one guy. Like when I was little and I thought Jethro Tull was one guy. How embarrassing.
    2. I don’t know what’s more awesome, the piano work, or the vocals.
    3. Man that was awesome, thanks for sharing that.

    • 06/03/2011 at 2:44 pm

      I know, right?

      He is great with harmonizing simply with a piano or guitar!

      I hope they capitalize on this and they never try to over produce his stuff and take away from his voice!

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. mary grace
    06/10/2011 at 12:46 am

    i have had so many ‘perfect soundtrack’ moments with bon iver! justin vernon is just fantastic. i totally agree with your previous comment… i love how simply his work is and i also really hope they never try to over produce his stuff. it’s pretty much perfect as is.

    love the cover! thanks for sharing.

  1. 06/09/2011 at 9:46 pm

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