Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, a.k.a. the romancer of the new millennium, is a lot like his past collaboration buddy Kanye West: ‘Ye is all about fashion, while Vernon is no stranger to sexifying a fitted flannel that pairs nicely with his lumberjack beard; they both had Midwestern upbringings; and they both LOVE LOVE LOVE the lady folk! Case in point: Vernon is stealing away Swizzy’s girl Alicia Keys for a female-focused project. “I have a big idea to do an American songbook of the greatest women singers,” Vernon told USA Today. “There are so many: Casey [Dienel] from White Hinterland, Bonnie Raitt, Alicia.”
And just like his boy Kanye would do, he hit up Alicia Keys first to get the ball rolling. Although no release date or recording has yet been announced, he and Mrs. Swizz Beatz have already written some songs for the project. Hopefully Bon Iver fans think it’s worth it too, as Bon Iver is put on hold until the project is done: “I’m guessing three years. But it could be five. It could be only one more. It just depends when the songs come about. I sort of have to wait till they reveal themselves.” Right, but maybe winning a Grammy or two on February 12 might change his mind.
Meanwhile, Bon Iver has just announced a West Coast tour. Check out the dates below, as well as a recent performance of “Holocene” on SNL.
04.12.12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas #
04.14.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04.17.12 - Davis, CA - Freeborn Hall @ UC Davis #
04.19.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium #
04.21.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04.22.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl #
04.23.12 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Ampitheater
04.27.12 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05.27.12 - George, WA- Sasquatch Music Festival
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