Jan 19, 2017

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New Release: Conor Oberst – Salutations / A Little Uncanny

Conor Oberst has announced a brand new album, a companion piece to 2016’s Ruminations

The album, titled Salutations, is set for release on March 17th, and will feature an array of guests including Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson

A new track has also been unveiled, and you can watch the visuals below – this is A Little Uncanny…

And here’s the full story behind the new record…

Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo – with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica – but intended to ultimately record them with a full band.  In the midst of putting together that band – upstate New York’s The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more), the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album: Ruminations, which was released in October 2016. Meanwhile, Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu to record Salutations – co-produced with Keltner and engineered by long-time musical compadre Andy LeMaster

Salutations includes full band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016

Finally, Oberst hits the UK in the next few weeks, visiting…

Feb 1 – Palladium, London
Feb 2 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Feb 3 – Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Feb 5 – Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin