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Conor Oberst with special guest Dawes
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Oberst kicks off the first leg of a world tour in support of the new album in May, which will include a stop in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium on June 6th. His friends and colleagues Dawes appear on the bill as “Special Guests” – both opening the shows and acting as Oberst’s band for the tour.
Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has signed to Nonesuch Records, which releases his new solo album Upside Down Mountain on May 20th.
Prior to the album release, a limited-edition seven-inch single will be released exclusively for Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19th). This special single will feature album track “Hundreds Of Ways” along with album outtake “Fast Friends” on the B-side. Press Here to stream “Hundreds Of Ways”.
While the city of Los Angeles has been both an inspiration and a home to the four members of Dawes – Taylor Goldsmith (lead vocals, guitar), Wylie Gelber (bass), Tay Strathairn (keyboard), Griffin Goldsmith (drums, vocals) – they found themselves traveling East last fall to record their third album in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The tracks they laid down at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studio have yielded a 12-song disc of tremendous sonic and narrative clarity, book-ended in classic album fashion by two very different versions of the wistful “Just Beneath The Surface” – a misleading title, really, since the songs stacked in between dig so deep. Stories Don’t End is not so much a departure from the quartet’s previous efforts as a distillation of them. It spotlights the group’s maturing skills as arrangers, performers and interpreters who shape the raw material supplied by chief songwriter and lead vocalist Taylor Goldsmith into an artfully concise and increasingly soulful sound.
Check out Dawes below in the latest episode of Backstage at the Ryman or watch it directly on YouTube here.