Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches success story, and it doesn't get much better than the exponential surge in popularity of Eau Claire, Wisconsin's Bon Iver. I could (and have, here and here) go on for hours about the beauty of Justin Vernon's songwriting, the mesmerizing power of Bon Iver's live performance, and the romantic and inspiring journey that has taken them from a little cabin in the North Country to a whole world's worth of success--but instead, I'll let these videos speak for themselves.
Here's a clip of Bon Iver playing the Uptown Bar in December 2007.
And here's a clip of Bon Iver just a few weeks ago at Glastonbury, performing in front of a neverending sea of thousands upon thousands of people.
Thanks to Kyle, aka @solace, for sharing the links to these videos.