Conor Oberst announces new solo album

It’s been a  year since Conor Oberst has released new music, but things are about to change. On Wednesday (Aug. 3), the Bright Eyes head-honcho announced the upcoming release of his new, acoustic solo album. The new record will be titled Ruminations and is set to his stores on Oct. 14.

The album was recorded in Oberst’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska at ARC, the studio he built with fellow Bright Eyes’ bandmate Mike Mogis. “I wasn’t expecting to write a record,” Oberst said in a statement. “I honestly wasn’t expecting to do much of anything. 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.”

Ruminations will mark Oberst’s first solo album since the release of 2014’s Upside Down Mountain. Last year, the musician joined forces with his punk band, Desparecidos, and released Payola. The complete track listing for Ruminations can be seen below.


1. “Tachycardia”
2. “Barbary Coast (Later)”
3. “Gossamer Thin”
4. “Counting Sheep”
5. “Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)”
6. “The Rain Follows the Plow”
7. “A Little Uncanny”
8. “Next of Kin”
9. “You All Loved Him Once”
10. “Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out”

In support of the upcoming album, Oberst will hit the road this fall. Before embarking on the full tour, he will have two shows in August. On Aug. 18, he will appear at 309 N Pine Street in Grand Island, NE while a few days later, he will perform at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO. After a month-long break, the fall tour will kick off on Sept. 28 at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, CA. The tour will then wrap up in early December with two shows at The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.


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 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 (SOLD OUT) *
11/27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT) *
12/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church *
12/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (SOLD OUT) *

*Solo shows