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


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.

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