Conor Oberst in the studio for solo album; wrote a screenplay about Monsters of Folk

Conor Oberst performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. on Sunday. (Photo by the Associated Press)

Conor Oberst performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. (Photo by the Associated Press)

Conor Oberst is in a Nashville studio right now making a solo album.

Rolling Stone sat down with the Bright Eyes frontman over sausage pizza in a Nashville bar for an interview about the album and a whole lot of other stuff.

There are several tidbits in there that Bright Eyes/Oberst fans will be interested in:

• Oberst officially revealed that he’s married, something that quite a few people knew but few ever really talked about (especially Oberst). It’s something I’ve known for a long time, but never felt the need to publicize. Dude’s personal life is his personal life.  ”She’s a reason to go home,” he told the magazine.

• Jonathan Wilson is producing Oberst’s solo album , which has a country flavor. It’s an interesting producer choice, and it probably goes well with the style he’s trying to achieve. Wilson has recently produced albums by Father John Misty, Dawes, Jason Boesel and others.

• Oberst spent six months writing a screenplay about Monsters of Folk. The project fizzled.

• Oberst hates social media. (No surprise there. His official accounts hardly ever post anything.) “I don’t know if it makes me an asshole to not want to talk to my fans. But I’m not going to sit on a … computer and try to talk to some … 16-year-old in wherever-the-(f-bomb),” he told the magazine. “I try to remind myself to be grateful. I’m not a …superstar. I’m not a bazillionaire. I get to do my (stuff), and for the most part people leave me alone. And that’s the way I want it.”

The full interview is online and will appear in the Feb. 13 issue of Rolling Stone.

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