Conor Oberst Announces New LP ‘Ruminations’ Due 10/14 via Nonesuch

oberstIn the winter of 2016, 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. 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,” says Oberst. Ruminations is available to pre-order now from iTunes and from, where a limited number of pre-orders will include a signed print. 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.

In Nebraska last winter, songs that hark 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.

Ruminations Track List:

1.Tachycardia                                     6. The Rain Follows the Plow

2. Barbary Coast (later)                      7. A Little Uncanny

3. Gossamer Thin                               8. Next of Kin

4. Counting Sheep                              9.You All Loved Him Once

5. Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)         10. Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out

Conor Oberst Live Dates:

August 18 – Grand Island, NE @ 309 N Pine Street

August 20 – Lyons, CO @ Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

September 28 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theatre

October 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

October 2 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

October 3 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl

October 5 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company

October 7 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

October 8 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

November 6 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *

November 17 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *

November 23 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall *

November 26 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT) *

November 27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT) *

December 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church *

December 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (SOLD OUT) *

*Solo shows

Miwi La Lupa supporting 9/28 & 10/1

Anna McClellan supporting 9/28                               

Jim James supporting 10/1                          

Pearl Charles supporting 10/2-10/7

Simon Joyner supporting 11/23

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