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Conor Oberst: 2016

Conor Oberst at WFUV

Conor Oberst at WFUV (photo by Sarah Burns)



Conor Oberst earned the well-deserved "wunderkind" label in his teens when he began writing songs and recording albums, mostly under the Bright Eyes moniker. Since then, his dizzying and prolific creative output has produced nine studio albums with that band, two albums with his punk project, Desaparecidos, one with indie supergroup Monsters of Folk, and with the arrival of Ruminations, now ten albums under his own name.

Conor recently returned to his roots in every way imaginable. After suffering a serious health scare and a good deal of stress, he left New York City after 13 years here, moved back to Omaha, Nebraska, and for the first time since his early years, wrote songs truly alone and with no plan. Fortunately, he decided to record them — unadorned, and many played on upright piano. We couldn't wait to hear these songs live and learn more about this confessional new album, as Conor Oberst returned to Studio A.

[recorded: 10/13/16]