Don't Fake the Folk: A Q&A With Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogis

Music Features Conor Oberst
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Don't Fake the Folk: A Q&A With Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogis

In the time since that first tour, Oberst, Ward and James have all appeared independently on the cover of Paste—Oberst for Bright Eyes, James with MMJ, and Ward with Zooey Deschanel for their She & Him collaboration—and have become some of the most respected songwriters working today. Rounding out the Monsters of Folk on their eponymous debut is engineer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis, who’d worked with Oberst and Ward in the past, and who—though he has less name recognition—is as integral to this modern-day supergroup as any of its more well-known members.