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You should be listening to Bon Iver

Bon Iver made a huge impact on the 2008 musical scene with the release of “For Emma, Forever Ago” a haunting little acoustic gem with raw emotional power.  A limited number of copies, (500), were released independently in July of 2007.  The album was recorded in a cabin deep in the Wisconsin woods.  Early in 2009, he released “Blood Bank” a four song EP that compliments the style of his debut but manages to distance itself enough to be a separate piece of work.

 For those of you who are fans of the movie “Twilight” and “New Moon” you might recognize his duet “Roslyn” with St. Vincent from the “New Moon” soundtrack.

 His music is a gentle combination of moving melodies, warm, gentle guitar, and his falsetto.  The ethereal sound of his voice and the stark instrumentation that accompanies his music provides a lush sound.

 The one noticeable departure to his music is “Woods” from “Blood Bank”.  He incorporates some form of digital effect to his voice and layers it with synthesized vocalized harmony.  It kind of has a “Frampton Comes Alive” vibe to it. Oddly enough, it works.

 So, check out Bon Iver and let me know what you think. 

 Bon Iver’s music is available on iTunes and www.boniver.org

 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Jeffrey Foucault

Jeffrey Foucault is a singer/songwriter who creates reflective roots music that wraps you up with a striking intimacy that reveals layers of wisdom and wonder.  A Wisconsin native who seems to be cut from the folk troubadour cloth, Foucault has built an independent career touring extensively in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

 He explores and explains complex emotions through his music which is raw and intimate. 

 Jeffrey Foucault Discography

  • Miles from Lightening
  • Stripping Cane
  • Ghost Repeater
  • Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes (A collection of John Prine)

 Of all his releases, “Stripping Cane” is by far my favorite.  This is by no means a slight of the other three, but rather exquisite praise for the greatness of the album.  What holds the album together so well is the way Foucault paints such a vivid picture with his words and phrases.  The title track “Stripping Cane”, “Cross of Flowers”, and “the Bluest Blade” will draw you in and compel you to play them again. He does a great cover of Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Lodi”.

 In addition to his solo career, Foucault also recorded an album with Kris Delmhorst and Peter Mulvey.  The band and the album are called Redbird.  The album is a smattering of cover songs that radically range from Tom Waits to Willie Nelson.  Seventeen total songs on the album and not a bad one in the bunch.  Uncle Tupelo’s “Moonshiner and R.E.M’s “You are the Everything are the high points for me. 

 Top 5 Jeffrey Foucault Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1.  Cross of Flowers (Stripping Cane)
  2. The Bluest Blade (Stripping Cane)
  3. Stripping Cane (Stripping Cane)
  4. Miles from Lightening (Miles from Lightening)
  5. Dove and the Waterline (Miles from Lightening)

 Enjoy the greatness of Jeffrey Foucault and let me know what you think.  Songs are available to stream for free from his website www.jeffreyfoucault.com

 Jeffrey Foucault’s music is available on iTunes, CD Baby, and www.jeffreyfoucault.com

  Great music awaits!