Conor Oberst Tour 2019! Conor Oberst (born February 15th, 1980), former frontman of Bright Eyes, is an American indie-folk singer-songwriter from Nebraska, US, known for his tender voice and confessional style of songwriting.
Oberst has had a long career in music, moving between several bands until finding success with Bright Eyes and his subsequent projects. Between 1993 and 1998, Oberst released a number of albums with different groups on indie label, Saddle Creek Records, including efforts with The Faint, Commander Venus and Park Ave., yet he did not find any major success.
Having formed Bright Eyes, initially as a solo project in 1995, it became Oberst’s main focus after Commander Venus disbanded in 1998. The band released several records in the late 90s, slowly building a loyal following, with their third album, “Fevers and Mirrors” (May 2000), turning heads, with Pitchfork Magazine placing it as 170 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s. Bright Eyes continued to release successful albums, becoming stalwarts of the indie rock scene throughout the 2000s, enjoying high chart positions on the Billboard 200.
Oberst embarked upon a solo venture in 2007/8, travelling to rural Mexico to record his self-titled effort, forming The Mystic Valley Band as his support. In 2009, they released another record, titled “Outer South,” which featured more contributions from his band, with Oberst still clearly defined as the bandleader.
After this two year break working on his solo ventures, Bright Eyes returned again to release “The People’s Key” in February 2011, with this album being the band’s last release, before Oberst retired the band. Oberst became involved again with the punk rock-esque group, Desapareidos, releasing several new singles between 2012 and 2013.
In 2014, Oberst returned as a solo artist with “Upside Down Mountain,” a record that moved towards an americana, folk sound with more minimal arrangements. The album was received with largely positive reviews from music critics, with many lauding Oberst’s new found maturity in his songwriting. The album debut at number 19 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Folk Albums chart.