Conor Oberst will release a new album, Salutations, on Nonesuch Records, on March 17, 2017.
The album is a companion piece to Conor Oberst’s 2016’s Ruminations. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo – with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica – he 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. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.
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 (complete track list below). Oberst, with The Felice Brothers as his backing band, will tour in celebration of Salutations beginning March 9 in his hometown of Omaha, with stops at LA’s Greek Theater in May and Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in July (full schedule below). Oberst has partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Planned Parenthood and their work delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people in the US and worldwide.
Oberst says of the Salutations sessions: “Jim was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project. We leaned heavy on his fifty-plus years of musical insight to get us to where we needed to be. He brought such depth and dignity to the proceedings that made everyone else involved rise to the occasion. It was a true stroke of luck that he got involved when he did.”
A video for “A Little Uncanny,” directed by Josh Rawson (The Felice Brothers), can viewed below.
Salutations Track List:
1. Too Late To Fixate 10. Tachycardia
2. Gossamer Thin 11. Empty Hotel By The Sea
3. Overdue 12. Anytime Soon
4. Afterthought 13. Counting Sheep
5. Next Of Kin 14. Rain Follows The Plow
6. Napalm 15. You All Loved Him Once
7. Mamah Borthwick 16. A Little Uncanny
8. Till Saint Dymphna’s Kicks Us Out 17. Salutations
9. Barbary Coast
Conor Oberst Tour Dates:
27 Sydney, AUS @ Sydney Opera House
9 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge
10 Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theater
11 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
12 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
14 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
16 Spicewood, TX @ Luck Reunion
17 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
18 New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
19 Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre
21 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
22 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
23 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
24 McMinnville, TN @ Bluegrass Underground
25 St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
26 Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theater
12 Oakland, CA @ The Fox
13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theater
19 Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
14-16 Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
20 Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn
21 Boston, MA @ The House of Blues