There’s nothing that the road cannot heal. That’s what Conor Oberst sang on his debut solo album last year, and apparently he believes it. The songwriting wunderkind will spend his summer criss-crossing the country, promoting the likes of Outer South, his second album to be recorded without the Bright Eyes moniker (if you don’t count his elaborate back catalog).
Outer South finds Oberst once again employing the talents of the Mystic Valley Band. The album, due May 5 via Merge Records, features the lead single “Nikorette,” which has already made the rounds live and on Conan O’Brien. The album also includes songwriting contributions from band members Jason Boesel, Nik Freitas, and Taylor Hollingsworth.
“I’m just trying to stay a human being, sitting in the sun eating ice cream,” sings Oberst on “Nikorette,” currently streaming on his website. Those wishing to get a deeper look into what makes Oberst tick can check out the new documentary One of My Kind on April 15 (also recommended for Conor lovers: 2005’s doc Spend An Evening With Saddle Creek). Here’s how his site describes One of My Kind :
Made by the band’s guitar-tech Phil Schaffart and presented by causecast.org, “One of My Kind” traces the group’s ever-growing bond as friends and collaborators. Footage from Tepoztlan, Mexico, where they recorded their first album, Conor Oberst, their worldwide tour in 2008, and the making of Outer South in El Paso, TX takes viewers on a 60-minute musical journey around the world.
The film will be available as a free stream or HD download exclusively on Causecast.org, IFC.com, conoroberst.com, mergerecords.com, and wichita-recordings.com. Additionally, Causecast.org partner sites IFC.com, The Huffington Post and Myspace IMPACT will each feature exclusive outtakes, trailers and live acoustic performances from the film.
The Mystic Valley Band will play Coachella on April 17.
Apr. 09 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
Apr. 10 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
Apr. 11 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
Apr. 12 – El Paso, TX – Barnett Harley Davidson
Apr. 13 – Albuquerque, NM – The Sunshine Theater
Apr. 14 – Tempe. AZ – The Marquee
Apr. 15 – Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
Apr. 17 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Jun. 17 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
Jun. 18 – Telluride, CO – Telluride BlueGrass Festival
Jun. 19 – Moab, UT – Star Hall
Jun. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Library Square
Jun. 21 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Jun. 22 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
Jun. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Jun. 25 – Milwaukee, WI – Summer Fest
Jun. 26 – Omaha, NE – Anchor Inn
Jun. 28 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont
Jun. 29 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
Jun. 30 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Jul. 01 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Jul. 02 – Bearsville, NY – Bearsville Theater
Jul. 03 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place