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Conor Oberst Announces New Solo Album Upside Down Mountain

February 11, 2014  |  12:30pm

Conor Oberst has been quiet since the release of Bright Eyes’ last album, The People’s Key, but a string of U.S. festival dates hinted that something was on the horizon. Today, Oberst confirmed the country-inspired album we reported on earlier. Upside Down Mountain is set for a May 20 release on Oberst’s new label, Nonesuch Records.

Oberst released a new song from the album. Titled “Hundreds of Ways,” the song makes good on that country promise, adding in percussion and horn treatments that recall Paul Simon. The song will be released as a single on Record Store Day (April 19), which will also include the album b-side “Fast Friends.” The songwriter also announced an expansive tour that will kick off on May 8 in Saxaphahaw, N.C. Dawes will act both as supporting act and as Oberst’s backing band.

Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain Tour
May
8 – Saxapahaw, N.C. @ Haw River Ballroom
9 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
10 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
11 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Charleston Music Hall
13 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
14 – Orlando, Fla. @ The Beacham
16 – Gulf Shores, Ala. @ The Hangout Festival
17 – Chattanooga, Tenn. @ Track 29
22 – Westbury, N.Y. @ The Space at Westbury
23 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
24 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
25 – Munhall, Pa. @ Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead
27 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Taft Theatre
29 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
30 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
31 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Pabst Theater

June
1 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
2 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
4 – Omaha, Neb. @ Sokol Auditorium
5 – Columbia, Mo. @ The Blue Note
6 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
7 – Lexington, Ky. @ Buster’s

July
29 – New York, N.Y. @ Central Park Summer Stage at Rumsey Playfield

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