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    Conor Oberst

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    Counting Sheep lyrics
    2Lenders in the temple lyrics
    3I Got the Reason #2 lyrics
    4Kick lyrics
    5You Are Your Mother's Child lyrics
    6Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch) lyrics
    7Souled out!!! lyrics
    8Time Forgot lyrics
    9Lonely At The Top lyrics
    10Night At Lake Unknown lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Outer South [2009]
    2Here's to Special Treatment [1994]
    3Water [1994]
    5Conor Oberst [2008]
    6Upside Down Mountain [2014]


    Conor Mullen Oberst (born February 15, 1980) is an American songwriter, singer, poet, best known for his work in Bright Eyes. He has also played in several other bands, including Desaparecidos, The Faint, Commander Venus and Park Ave.
    Oberst was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up with his father, his mother and his two older brothers.

    Oberst began his musical career at age 13 while attending 7th grade at St. Pius X/ St. Leo School. He was in the showchoir and other musical groups at the school. One night in 1992, Ted Stevens (of Mayday and Cursive) invited Oberst onstage to close his set. Bill Hoover, who was in attendance, invited Oberst to come back to play with him a couple of weeks later. In that short amount of time, Oberst wrote enough songs to fill out the set, establishing himself as a songwriter and performer. Shortly thereafter, Oberst began committing his new repertoire to tape in his parents' basement with his father's four track cassette recorder and an acoustic guitar.

    In mid-1993, Oberst self-released his debut album Water on cassette tape. The release of the album was financed by his brother Justin on what they called Lumberjack Records, the indie label that would become Saddle Creek Records, making them founders and present day executives of the label.

    In November 2007, it was reported that Oberst would work on a solo record with Jake Bellows, and that he and M. Ward would start a band and perform two late December shows in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Contrary to what was believed, the shows were not played with M. Ward, but rather with Nik Freitas and Jason Boesel. They played 13 new songs and 3 Bright Eyes songs. They also played a show in February in Mexico City, Mexico.
    In 2008 Conor played both the Reading and the Leeds festival. On August 5th he released the self-titled album Conor Oberst, which was recorded in Mexico City with Taylor Hollingsworth on guitar and Macey Taylor on bass.

    Oberst is known for the diversity of his work, and has been compared to Bob Dylan and related artists. He prefers immediacy over perfection and continually constructs verses rather than repeat hooks or write them down, feeling that his songs are never completed.

    Oberst has written poetry and many short stories in addition to songs, but has not published any due to lack of devotion and confidence, preferring to stick to his songwriting abilities. He was recently named the best songwriter of 2008 by Rolling Stone magazine.

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