Fresh off his prominent guest stint with one of pop music's biggest hitmakers, Eau Claire's indie-rocker-to-the-stars Justin Vernon now has one of rock's all-time biggest names guesting on a new Bon Iver single, which he's using to call attention to the Minneapolis Sanctuary Movement and other charities.
Bruce Springsteen is credited alongside Vernon's longtime cohorts Jenny Lewis, Elsa Jensen and Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) as backup vocalists on "AUATC," an acronym for "Ate Up All the Cake."
Unlike Vernon's vocals on Taylor Swift's new album "Folklore," the Boss isn't exactly front and center in the 2½-minute, gospel-flavored experimental track. Nonetheless, his participation adds mojo to the song's anti-greed lyricism and the good causes being touted with its release.
A new nonprofit launched to help the homeless populations in Powderhorn Park and other areas badly damaged after the George Floyd tragedy, the Minneapolis Sanctuary Movement is listed among several organizations that Vernon urged fans to "explore, take action and support." More Twin Cities connections: The track was co-produced by Minneapolis-based studio wiz BJ Burton and features Minnesota musicians Barbara Jean Meyers and JT Bates, who also drums on three tracks of Swift's new album. And a video of the single includes choreography by Randall Riley, an alumnus of St. Paul's TU Dance.
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