Conor Oberst announces new solo acoustic album Ruminations

A briskly recorded collection of songs written during an Omaha winter


    Photo by Amélie Raoul

    When Conor Oberst announced a string of solo US tour dates for the fall, it was safe to assume a follow-up to 2014’s Upside Down Mountain was in the works. Today, the Bright Eyes mastermind confirmed as much: his seventh solo LP, Ruminations, will arrive on October 14th through Nonesuch Records.

    Last winter, Oberst moved back to his hometown of Omaha following years of living in New York City. “I wasn’t expecting to write a record. I honestly wasn’t expecting to do much of anything,” Oberst confessed in a press release. “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.”


    Using nothing but his guitar, piano, harmonica, and his ever captivating words, Oberst entered his ARC studios with engineer Ben Brodin. 48 hours later, they emerged with the completed solo acoustic record spanning 10 tracks.

    Find the album art and tracklist below, along with Oberst’s full list of upcoming tour dates.

    Ruminations Album Artwork:

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    Ruminations Tracklist:
    01. Tachycardia
    02. Barbary Coast (later)
    03. Gossamer Thin
    04. Counting Sheep
    05. Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)
    06. The Rain Follows the Plow
    07. A Little Uncanny
    08. Next of Kin
    09. You All Loved Him Once
    10. Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out

    Conor Oberst 2016 Tour Dates:
    08/18 – Grand Island, NE @ 309 N Pine Street
    08/20 – Lyons, CO @ Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
    09/28 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theatre
    10/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    10/02 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
    10/03 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
    10/05 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company
    10/07 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
    10/08 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
    11/06 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
    11/17 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
    11/23 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall *
    11/26 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
    11/27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
    12/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church *
    12/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church *

    * = Solo show

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