Conor Oberst: New Album in May


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Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band will release a brand new album on May 5th on Merge Records. The album, titled Outer South, was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillio, outside El Paso, Texas in November/December and features the same group of musicians as were present on last year's excellent Conor Oberst album (see JamBase review here).

The Mystic Valley Band is Taylor Hollingsworth, Nik Freitas, Macey Taylor, Nathaniel Walcott and Jason Boesel. Outer South is a 16-track album featuring songs written by Oberst, Boesel, Freitas, and Hollingsworth, some of which were part of the live show from late last year including "Nikorette," which they performed on Late Night With Conan O'Brien in November (clip below).

The Mystic Valley Band will be playing a run of shows in the West, including the Coachella Festival this spring and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June.

Mystic Valley Band Tour Dates
Thu-Apr-09 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Fri-Apr-10 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Sat-Apr-11 Aspen, CO Belly Up
Sun-Apr-12 El Paso, TX Barnett Harley Davidson (Hands of Love & Hope Benefit)
Mon-Apr-13 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Tue-Apr-14 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Wed-Apr-15 Pomona, CA Glass House
Fri-Apr-17 Indio, CA Coachella Music & Arts Festival
Thu-Jun-18 Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival

[Published on: 2/19/09]

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simonbubly Thu 2/19/2009 12:58PM
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Nice! I think Conor's work just keeps getting better and better, love the mystic valley band!

scooter 57 Thu 2/19/2009 01:26PM
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scooter 57

good to hear...his prior was a very solid release i'm sure Outer South will be as well

DeadBandofPhishes420 Thu 2/19/2009 02:14PM
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nice always glad to hear conor is making new stuff, but i dont know about something and i imagine someone on these forums would know (although sometimes i wonder about the intelligence of some of the posters)....does the mystic valley band play with conor in bright eyes or is it a different set of musicians or just a few of those who comprise the mystic valley band?

tribehead Thu 2/19/2009 02:58PM
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it's a different set of musicians.. bright eyes was mostly conor and mike mogis and occasionally nate walcott (arrangementwise, and then there'd be a bunch of randos on stage from night to night), but the mystic valley band is all the people listed up top ^^

dangeorgio starstarstarstar Thu 2/19/2009 03:54PM
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come on conor, show the east some love!

tribalglitch Thu 2/19/2009 07:35PM
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uh... sweet.... i guess....

TheWeight22 Thu 2/19/2009 10:51PM
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AzimuthCoordinator starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/20/2009 07:09AM
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Go Conor!

ImSetFree Fri 2/20/2009 07:24AM
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awesome. need east coast dates though, philly please.

uakari starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/20/2009 08:47AM
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Tempe anyone?

bgnipp Fri 2/20/2009 12:43PM
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kadyman starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/22/2009 09:59AM
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This guy has evolved so much. Truly one of the best in the biz...

rainydayman starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/22/2009 12:01PM
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The Mystic Valley Band is awesome. I saw them in December.

AzimuthCoordinator starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/22/2009 06:12PM
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lol bgnipp. He played the CULTURE ROOM a few months ago here in FT. Lauderdale. He could have easily played Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, but he chose the smaller, more intimate venue. Do your research before you open your mouth.....