A Wisconsin native, during his teens and college years, Vernon formed the bands Mount Vernon and DeYarmond Edison (Vernon's two middle names) with friends in Eau Claire. Meeting success in Wisconsin, the band headed for Raleigh where they released two albums, but eventually parted ways after five years of playing together. That break-up, alongside Vernon's break-up with a girlfriend, catalyzed Vernon's 3-month hibernation in a log cabin in Wisconsin, during which time he churned out For Emma, Forever Ago. Listen to this stripped-down, haunting album and you will understand why the world has turned purple in the face holding our breaths for the next album from Bon Iver. Not to be overlooked, Bon Iver's EP Blood Bank, released in 2009 with four tracks, was beautiful but far too brief.
After collaborating with Kanye West on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, releasing two albums as Justin Vernon Self-Record and Hazelton, and myriad other side projects, Bon Iver's label Jagjaguwar is set to release the band's second full-length album Bon Iver on June 21. If you can't wait, take that trip to Europe you've been pondering so you can get it a day earlier ... I might.