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    Conor Oberst's "Ruminations," New Solo Acoustic Album, Available October 14 on Nonesuch

    This past winter, Conor Oberst found himself hibernating in his hometown of Omaha after living in New York City for more than a decade. He emerged with the unexpectedly raw, unadorned solo album Ruminations, available October 14, 2016, on Nonesuch Records. "I wasn't expecting to write a record," says Oberst. "I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone." Ruminations is available to pre-order now from iTunes and from Nonesuch Store, where a limited number of pre-orders will include a signed print. (The prints have now sold out.) Oberst will perform songs from the album at a handful of special solo shows this fall at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Ryman Auditorium; complete tour dates are below.

    Oberst began publicly releasing music in 1994 at the age of 14. Those early recordings, made in Omaha on four-track cassette by Oberst and his friends, were an introduction to the work of a prodigious songwriter whose creative outpouring would soon be widely lauded. Writing and recording prolifically over the next two decades, first with his band Bright Eyes and later under his own name—and at special moments as a member of Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk—Oberst became known, as the Los Angeles Times said, an artist who "sees the world with fresh and fearless eyes." The Times continued, "He weaves his findings into intimate songs whose melodies are as timeless as a hymnal and whose images are hauntingly poetic....He can command your attention with long narratives that have more words than a pocket dictionary, or stop you cold with a single line."

    In Nebraska last winter, songs that harked back to that earlier era unexpectedly began to take shape. Oberst went to ARC, the studio he built with his Bright Eyes bandmate and longtime friend Mike Mogis, to record that music. With the help of engineer Ben Brodin, he recorded all the songs in the span of 48 hours. The results are almost sketch-like in their sparseness, and they ultimately became the songs that comprise Ruminations. These tracks do not have the multi-layered instrumentation of the most recent Bright Eyes and solo albums: This is Oberst alone with his guitar, piano, and harmonica; the songs connect with some of the rough magic and anxious poetry that first brought him to the attention of the world, while their lyrical complexity and concerns make it obvious they could only have been written in the present.

    Conor Oberst has several live dates, including intimate solo performances in November and December. Due to popular demand, a second Los Angeles live date has been added in December. All tour dates below; for all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    CONOR OBERST ON TOUR

    Aug 18 309 N. Pine Street Grand Island, NE
    Aug 20 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Lyons, CO
    Sep 28 Fremont Theatre San Luis Obispo, CA
    Oct 1 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
    Oct 2 The Glass House Pomona, CA
    Oct 3 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
    Oct 5 The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM
    Oct 7 Granada Theater Dallas, TX
    Oct 8 Austin City Limits Austin, TX
         
    Nov 6 Ryman Auditorium* Nashville, TN
    Nov 17 Massey Hall* Toronto, ON
    Nov 23 Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall* New York, NY
    Nov 26&27 Thalia Hall - SOLD OUT* Chicago, IL
    Dec 9 The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church* Los Angeles, CA
    Dec 10 The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church - SOLD OUT* Los Angeles, CA
         

    * Solo shows

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Conor Oberst's "Ruminations," New Solo Acoustic Album, Available October 14 on Nonesuch

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This past winter, Conor Oberst found himself hibernating in his hometown of Omaha after living in New York City for more than a decade. He emerged with the unexpectedly raw, unadorned solo album Ruminations, available October 14, 2016, on Nonesuch. He went to ARC, the studio he built with his Bright Eyes bandmate and friend Mike Mogis, and, with the help of engineer Ben Brodin, recorded all the songs within 48 hours. The results are almost sketch-like in their sparseness: Oberst alone with his guitar, piano, and harmonica. Oberst will perform songs from the album at special solo shows this fall at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Ryman Auditorium.

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This past winter, Conor Oberst found himself hibernating in his hometown of Omaha after living in New York City for more than a decade. He emerged with the unexpectedly raw, unadorned solo album Ruminations, available October 14, 2016, on Nonesuch Records. "I wasn't expecting to write a record," says Oberst. "I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone." Ruminations is available to pre-order now from iTunes and from Nonesuch Store, where a limited number of pre-orders will include a signed print. (The prints have now sold out.) Oberst will perform songs from the album at a handful of special solo shows this fall at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Ryman Auditorium; complete tour dates are below.

Oberst began publicly releasing music in 1994 at the age of 14. Those early recordings, made in Omaha on four-track cassette by Oberst and his friends, were an introduction to the work of a prodigious songwriter whose creative outpouring would soon be widely lauded. Writing and recording prolifically over the next two decades, first with his band Bright Eyes and later under his own name—and at special moments as a member of Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk—Oberst became known, as the Los Angeles Times said, an artist who "sees the world with fresh and fearless eyes." The Times continued, "He weaves his findings into intimate songs whose melodies are as timeless as a hymnal and whose images are hauntingly poetic....He can command your attention with long narratives that have more words than a pocket dictionary, or stop you cold with a single line."

In Nebraska last winter, songs that harked back to that earlier era unexpectedly began to take shape. Oberst went to ARC, the studio he built with his Bright Eyes bandmate and longtime friend Mike Mogis, to record that music. With the help of engineer Ben Brodin, he recorded all the songs in the span of 48 hours. The results are almost sketch-like in their sparseness, and they ultimately became the songs that comprise Ruminations. These tracks do not have the multi-layered instrumentation of the most recent Bright Eyes and solo albums: This is Oberst alone with his guitar, piano, and harmonica; the songs connect with some of the rough magic and anxious poetry that first brought him to the attention of the world, while their lyrical complexity and concerns make it obvious they could only have been written in the present.

Conor Oberst has several live dates, including intimate solo performances in November and December. Due to popular demand, a second Los Angeles live date has been added in December. All tour dates below; for all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

CONOR OBERST ON TOUR

Aug 18 309 N. Pine Street Grand Island, NE
Aug 20 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Lyons, CO
Sep 28 Fremont Theatre San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct 1 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Oct 2 The Glass House Pomona, CA
Oct 3 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
Oct 5 The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM
Oct 7 Granada Theater Dallas, TX
Oct 8 Austin City Limits Austin, TX
     
Nov 6 Ryman Auditorium* Nashville, TN
Nov 17 Massey Hall* Toronto, ON
Nov 23 Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall* New York, NY
Nov 26&27 Thalia Hall - SOLD OUT* Chicago, IL
Dec 9 The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church* Los Angeles, CA
Dec 10 The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church - SOLD OUT* Los Angeles, CA
     

* Solo shows

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