DeYarmond Edison

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DeYarmond Edison
Origin Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
Genres Indie folk, Alt Country, Americana
Years active 2002–2006
Labels Unsigned
Associated acts Justin Vernon, Bon Iver, Megafaun, Field Report
Website MySpace Page
Past members Brad Cook
Phil Cook
Justin Vernon
Joe Westerlund
Chris Porterfield

DeYarmond Edison is the former band of the members of Bon Iver, Megafaun, and Field Report. Guitarist and vocalist Justin Vernon went on to create Bon Iver; three members (Brad Cook: bass, guitar; Phil Cook: keyboards, banjo; Joe Westerlund: Percussion) formed the freak folk group Megafaun, and Christopher Porterfield began composing, eventually establishing Field Report.


The band began as friends from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, evolving from Justin Vernon's early band Mount Vernon and taking its name from Justin Vernon's two middle names.[1] The members first met at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival in 1997, bonded at a Wisconsin jazz camp, and played together in various combinations before finally playing as DeYarmond Edison in 2002.[2] The band's style is a blend of folk and Americana sounds with more modern atmospheric and electronic elements. DeYarmond Edison recorded two albums while in Eau Claire, a self-titled album and Silent Signs.[3]

After a period of success in Eau Claire's music scene the band decided to move to Raleigh, North Carolina to begin a musical career in a new location.[3][4] The band experienced some success in Raleigh, but eventually broke up because of tensions caused by different musical directions and philosophies and personal reasons.[1] The breakup also occurred subsequent to Vernon falling severely ill with a form of mononucleosis that damages the liver.[4] After the breakup, which was officially announced on the band's MySpace page on September 15, 2006, DeYarmond Edison made a five track unreleased EP available for download. Four of the songs can be downloaded for free on the band's MySpace page.[1]

Following the dissolution of DeYarmond Edison, Vernon eventually returned to Wisconsin to live in his father's cabin, and over the course of 3 months of isolation, he produced what became the Bon Iver album For Emma, Forever Ago. Three of the remaining members DeYarmond Edison formed Megafaun, eventually releasing their own album Bury the Square.

Former member Christopher Porterfield spent the following five years composing material for his solo project, Field Report, which was released in September 2012.


DeYarmond Edison reunited to play a show at the Fader Fort by Fiat at SXSW 2011.[5] In 2016, in collaboration with Bruce Hornsby, they contributed a version of The Grateful Dead's "Black Muddy River" to Day of the Dead, the twenty-fifth compilation release benefiting the Red Hot Organization and the second such compilation to be produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.[6]


DeYarmond Edison (2004)[edit]

  1. "Leave Me Wishing More" - 5:14
  2. "As Long as I Can Go" - 5:27
  3. "Dusty Road (So Kind)" - 6:45
  4. "There Is Something" - 6:57
  5. "The Lake" - 5:55
  6. "Conquistadors" - 7:14
  7. "Jackson and David" - 6:10
  8. "The Unseen" - 4:35
  9. "My Whole Life Long" - 7:12
  10. "(For Bill)" - 5:11

Silent Signs (2005)[edit]

  1. "Lift" - 1:38
  2. "Silent Signs" - 3:50
  3. "Heroin(e)" - 3:28
  4. "Love Long Gone" - 4:35
  5. "First Impression" - 3:32
  6. "Bones" - 5:25
  7. "Heart for Hire" - 3:44
  8. "Dead Anchor" - 3:18
  9. "Ragstock" - 2:40
  10. "We" - 4:47
  11. "Dash" 5:01
  12. "Time to Know" - 6:06

Unreleased EP (2006)[edit]

  1. "Baby Done Got Your Number" - 2:05
  2. "Song for a Lover of Long Ago" - 5:47
  3. "Epoch" - 4:42
  4. "Where We Belong" - 9:44
  5. "Finale" - 2:10


  1. ^ a b c DeYarmond Edison Breakup
  2. ^ Menconi, David. "Band breakup doubles the show", The News & Observer, 2008-02-15, p. WUP14.
  3. ^ a b DeYarmond Edison Moves to Raleigh
  4. ^ a b Anderman, Joan. "A new voice, name, sound – and success", The Boston Globe, 2007-11-30, p. D14.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Klein, David. "Justin Vernon and Megafaun Reunite to Cover the Grateful Dead ... With Bruce Hornsby?". Indy Week. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 

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