Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon was at The National in Richmond, Va. on Sunday night to perform a mostly solo show as part of his current 2017-18 North American winter tour. As part of the performance, which didn’t feature Vernon’s usual backing band, the indie-folk artist was joined on stage by his former collaborator and Grateful Dead live pianist Bruce Hornsby for a pair of tunes including “Beth/Rest” and a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
As seen in the fan shot videos above, Hornsby took his place at the piano on stage beside Vernon for the two songs, which were excitingly received by those in the audience at the Richmond venue. The two let the instruments to the dancing throughout their hauntingly beautiful version of Raitt’s famous 1991 love ballad, which Vernon has notably covered throughout his career.
“This is a song that’s coming from all my Bruce listening over the decades,” Vernon can be heard saying over the mic right before going into “Beth/Rest,” an equally soft and lovely tune from Bon Iver’s 2011 self-titled album. The performance can also be watched in the video below.
The two musicians are no strangers to playing together in front of a live audience, having performed together on stage during Bon Iver’s Coachella set earlier this year and Vernon’s own Eaux Claires Festival back in 2016. The two also performed a version of the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River” on the star-studded Day of the Dead tribute compilation album a few years back.
Bon Iver will continue his winter tour throughout the end of the year and into 2018 with notable scheduled performances at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA on Monday night, as well as Dallas’ Bomb Factory on Jan. 23. Tickets to select shows on the winter run are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.