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Conor Oberst announces star-studded companion album Salutations, shares two tracks — listen

The Bright Eyes mastermind has also shared a bunch of Spring tour dates

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    Photo by Ben Kaye

    It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Conor Oberst.

    Just kidding! It’s only been like four months, as the singer-songwriter just released Ruminations last October. Well, he’s back on March 17th with a companion album called Salutations, which collects all of those intimately spare songs (plus seven additional tracks) and tags them with a full band.

    That band consists of The Felice Brothers and veteran drummer Jim Keltner, in addition to guest contributions by Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.

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    Co-produced by Oberst and Keltner, the star-studded album was recorded at Malibu’s Shangri-la Studios and engineered by Oberst’s longtime partner-in-crime Andy LeMaster.

    “Jim was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project,” Oberst says in a press release. “We leaned heavy on his 50-plus years of musical insight to get us to where we needed to be. He brought such depth and dignity to the proceedings that made everyone else involved rise to the occasion. It was a true stroke of luck that he got involved when he did.”

    Below, you can hear how he reimagined Ruminations ballad “A Little Uncanny” and watch its DIY music video (directed by Felice brother Josh Rawson), along with the much louder new cut, “Napalm”.

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    Salutations Tracklist:
    01. Too Late To Fixate
    02. Gossamer Thin
    03. Overdue
    04. Afterthought
    05. Next Of Kin
    06. Napalm
    07. Mamah Borthwick
    08. Till Saint Dymphna’s Kicks Us Out
    09. Barbary Coast
    10. Tachycardia
    11. Empty Hotel By The Sea
    12. Anytime Soon
    13. Counting Sheep
    14. Rain Follows The Plow
    15. You All Loved Him Once
    16. A Little Uncanny
    17. Salutations

    In support, Oberst will hit the road with The Felice Brothers this March, kicking things off in his hometown of Omaha with stops dotted all across North America. A dollar from each ticket will go to support Planned Parenthood.

    Conor Oberst 2017 Tour Dates:
    02/27 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
    03/09 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge
    03/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theater
    03/11 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
    03/12 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
    03/14 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
    03/16 – Spicewood, TX @ Luck Reunion
    03/17 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
    03/18 – New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
    03/19 – Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre
    03/21 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
    03/22 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
    03/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
    03/24 – McMinnville, TN @ Bluegrass Underground
    03/25 – St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
    03/26 – Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theater
    05/12 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox
    05/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theater
    05/19 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
    07/14-16 Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
    07/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn
    07/21 – Boston, MA @ The House of Blues

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