Father John Misty, Phosphorescent, Dawes
Turns out Conor Oberst snuck into Nashville and recorded himself a country album with producer Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Father John Misty). "Hundreds of Ways" is the first cut and while not really country (except for some nice pedal steel touches), it is a great first taste. Conor Oberst has released a couple great solo albums since dissolving Bright Eyes and it looks like this next one (titled Upside Down Mountain) will be a worthy entry into his canon. While Bright Eyes tended to veer toward the depressing side of things, Oberst has a knack for writing an upbeat song (even if some of the lyrics go against that grain) and "Hundreds of Ways" has a walking-on-a-sunny-day vibe that is infectious. Oberst will be playing the Ryman with Dawes on June 6.