“I’d only had it for two years, but I’m sure my technique isn’t very sophisticated.”Oberst has just stepped out from underneath the lights of a small shared studio at CBS Interactive in midtown Manhattan, where he and his guitar-playing cousin-in-law, Steve Bartolomei, have just finished performing two songs from his forthcoming solo LP, , for a video segment to air on
As part of a highly concentrated, four-day press blitz in New York, he and Bartolomei are making the radio rounds, uptown and down, satellite and online.
He cited Neil Young as one of his musical influences.
Late last year, Conor Oberst realized that he’d clawed apart his favorite guitar, a small, “parlor size” acoustic he’d bought from a boutique luthier in Austin, Texas.
"What I find interesting is the idea that we can take those songs and just dress them up in a million different ways." Whether it's the heart-on-sleeve confessionals of early Bright Eyes, the pointedly political Desaparecidos — who just released their sophomore album, in 2000: "The people that like it really fucking like it." 1980 to 1992Conor Oberst is born February 15, 1980 in Omaha, NE.
His father Matthew is an information manager at Mutual of Omaha, while his mother Nancy is a teacher.
His two older brothers, Justin and Matthew Jr., introduce him to '80s indie and alternative bands like the Cure, R. and starts hanging around the local indie record shop, Antiquarium Records.
He dated Emily Arauz for a lengthy period of time then married Corina Figueroa Escamilla in 2010.Oberst's father moonlights as a multi-instrumentalist in a local band playing weddings as a supplemental income.Matthew Sr.'s business background becomes a major asset for Conor later in his career when he makes his father his business manager. At age 10 he learns to play guitar, receiving lessons from Matthew Jr.She says she posted his name a decade later to help others and at the suggestion of her husband. Emo wunderkind, folk troubadour, rock'n'roll saviour — he's been called it all.