Conor Oberst to release new major-label solo album, play Omaha solo show

Conor Oberst will release his new album on Nonesuch Records.

Conor Oberst will release his new album on Nonesuch Records.

Conor Oberst is working on a new solo album, “Upside Down Mountain,” which will be released May 20 on Nonesuch Records.

The Bright Eyes and Desaparecidos frontman is also working on a new tour that will have him returning to his hometown on June 4 to play Sokol Auditorium.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Oberst revealed the new record is a country-flavored solo album with Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Dawes) as producer.

“Hundreds of Ways” is the first single from “Upside Down Mountain,” and it’s a bright, strummy song about being happy after tough times. It features vocals from the Swedish sisters in First Aid Kit, and they apparently join Oberst on most of the album.

According to Rolling Stone, most of the songs are about settling down and finding peace after turmoil. (Oberst is married, so no surprise there.)

“Upside Down Mountain” will be Oberst’s first major label album. Nonesuch is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. His previous albums have been released on Saddle Creek Records and Merge Records.

For Record Store Day,” Oberst will release a 7″ single with “Hundreds of Ways” and album outtake “Fast Friends.” Record Store Day is on April 19.

Tickets to Oberst’s Omaha performance go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via Folk rock band Dawes will open the show and serve as Oberst’s backing band throughout the tour. (No Mystic Valley Band to be found.)

Listen to Oberst’s new song, “Hundreds of Ways,” below. Full tour schedule is after the jump.

Tour Dates

May 8 Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC
May 9 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
May 10 Shaky Knees Festival Atlanta, GA
May 11 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC
May 13 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 14 The Beacham Orlando, FL
May 16 The Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL
May 17 Track 29 Chattanooga, TN
May 22 The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY
May 23&24 9:30 Club Washington, DC
May 25 Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA
May 27 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
May 29&30 Metro Chicago, IL
May 31 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
Jun 1&2 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Jun 4 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
Jun 5 The Blue Note Columbia, MO
Jun 6 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Jun 7 Buster’s Lexington, KY
Jul 29 SummerStage New York, NY



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