Conor Oberst is a singer/songwriter based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Best known for his work as principle songwriter/vocalist for his band Bright Eyes, he is an accomplished musician with the majority of his sounds coming from guitar, keyboard, and an electric drum kit. His sound and influences could best be described as indy folk with more than a few dabblings in country and his music ranges from uplifting to broody, the latter particularly noticeable in his early recordings with Bright Eyes. He’s often been compared to a modern day Bob Dylan with his candid, thought provoking, layered lyrical content, often brutally raw and honest. However more recently his music has taken a more jovial nature as he broadens his horizons outside of his musical career, evidenced by his efforts to get on top of his self publicized, battle with substance abuse. His vocals range between soft pleasantries, buoyant sing-a-long, to outright screams, often encapsulated all within one song.
His band, Bright Eyes, have had several albums receiving critical acclaim and success not only in the US but also the UK and Australia. Two of his singles Lua, and Take it Easy from 2004’s I’m Wide Awake Its Morning both made number 1 and two in US sales charts. He’s had appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay leno, appeared on Saturday Night live and done Shows with folk grandmaster, Neil Young. Born in 1980, Oberst is still young with a catalogue filled beyond his years and the future at his whim. He is well respected in the music industry and with the release of his latest LP Outer South, with his backing band the Mystic Valley Band, he continues to push music out at an alarming rate to the benefit of all those who have him in their scope.