Conor Oberst announces new album, spring tour dates

Late last summer, Conor Oberst announced plans to release his first new solo album in a year. The record, Ruminations, was released in October of 2016 and was recorded solely by Oberst in his hometown of Omaha. Now, the Bright Eyes frontman has unveiled plans to released the follow-up to his acoustic, solo album. The new record will be titled Salutations and is set to be released on March 17.

Unlike Ruminations, which Oberst recorded at his studio, alone, Salutations will feature Oberst being backed by a full band made up of his frequent collaborators, the Felice Brothers, as well as drummer Jim Keltner who’s resume features the likes of Bob Dylan and John Lennon.

“Jim was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project,” Oberst said in a statement about having Keltner on his team for the new album. “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.”

Salutations will feature seven new songs as well as several new renditions of Ruminations tracks including “A Little Uncanny” which can be streamed above. Pre-orders for Salutations can be found on iTunes. Those who pre-order the new album will receive instant downloads of “A Little Uncanny,” “Tachycardia,” and “Napalm.”

In support of the new album’s release Oberst will be hitting the road in the spring. The tour will officially kick off on March 9 at the Waiting Room in Omaha and wrap up on July 21 at the House of Blues in Boston. The March tour dates will go on sale beginning Saturday, Jan. 21 at noon EST while the May and July dates will go on sale beginning Friday, Jan. 27. During this trek, Oberst has partnered with Plus 1 to donate $1 from every ticket sold throughout the tour to Planned Parenthood. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.


March 9 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room Lounge
March 10 – Kansas City, MO – Madrid Theater
March 11 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
March 12 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
March 14 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
March 16 – Spicewood, TX – Luck Reunion
March 17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
March 18 – New Orleans, LA – The Civic Theatre
March 19 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre
March 21 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
March 22 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
March 23 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
March 24 – McMinnville, TN – Bluegrass Underground
March 25 – St.Louis, MO – The Pageant
March 26 – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theater
May 12 – Oakland, CA – The Fox
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theater
May 19 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
July 14-16 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn
July 21 – Boston, MA – The House of Blues

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