Conor Oberst hasn’t said much lately. After the singer-songwriter’s 15 active years—where he played in many different bands and wrote hundreds of songs—he’s settled down, married his girlfriend and opened a bar.
But his name has been showing up on festival headlines, like Shaky Knees and Hangout Music Fest, which means he’s been up to something. And an interview with Rolling Stone confirms it: Oberst revealed he’s been in Nashville finishing up a “country-flavored” solo album with Jonathan Wilson, who’s also produced albums for Dawes and Father John Misty. This album will be Oberst’s first since Bright Eyes’ The People’s Key in 2011.
Oberst said many of the songs deal with settling down and getting by. “I’m gonna work for my sanity, give it everything I got,” he sings on “Time Forgot,” which features harmonies from First Aid Kit, who sing throughout the album.
In the same interview, Oberst elaborates on how much he hates social media: “I don’t know if it makes me an asshole to not want to talk to my fans. But I’m not going to sit on a fucking computer and try to talk to some fucking 16-year-old in wherever-the-fuck. I try to remind myself to be grateful. I’m not a fucking superstar. I’m not a bazillionaire,” Oberst said. “I get to do my shit, and for the most part people leave me alone. And that’s the way I want it.”
So, be on the lookout for some new material from Oberst. Check him out live this summer at Shaky Knees Music Festival and Hangout Music Fest. And just leave him alone.