The album is a companion piece to 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.
Conor Oberst has shared the music video for “Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out,” which was filmed at the very same bar in Manhattan’s East Village that inspired the song. Its director, Greg Marinaccio, also directed Conor’s “You Are Your Mother’s Child” video.
Oberst will release a new album, Salutations, on Nonesuch Records, on March 17, 2017. The album is a companion piece to 2016’s lauded Ruminations.
With The Felice Brothers as his backing band, Oberst will tour in support 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 on US headline dates will go to 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. All tour dates below.
Conor Oberst Tour Dates:
27 Sydney, AUS @ Sydney Opera House
9 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge (SOLD OUT) #
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
14 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory %
16 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto %
18 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls %
19 Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater %
20 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater %
21McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey %
23 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge %
24 Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Theater %
31 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theater*
1 Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Fest
3 Norfolk, VA @ NorVa*
4 Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theater*
14-16 Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
15 Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Festiva
20 Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn ^
21 Boston, MA @ The House of Blues +
28 Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Festival with Wilco and Hop Along
For Record Store Day Black Friday 2016, Conor Oberst released a new, limited-edition, black 7″ vinyl single at independent record shops in the United States. That single is now available digitally on Apple Music, Spotify, and in the Nonesuch Store, where a very limited number of the 7″ vinyl is now available as well.