Bright Eyes Biography
The Omaha, Nebraska USA-based Alternative-Rock Folk-Rock outfit Bright Eyes is a creation of vocalist + guitarist & songwriter Conor Oberst who stepped onto the music scene at the age of 14 releasing a couple of demo tapes. Shortly after his two solo recordings, Oberst began playing with Tim Kasher, who played with Cursive and bassis Matt Bowen from The Faint; the three formed Commander Venus and recorded two albums, "Do You Feel At Home?" on Saddle Creek and "The Uneventful Vacation" on Grass Records, but broke up in 1997. Oberst then launched his new solo project: Bright Eyes.
During 1998 Conor Oberst and his ever-changing line-up of musical comrades released two albums, "A Collection Of Songs Written And Recorded 1995-1997" and "Letting Off The Happiness".
The third full-lenght disc, "Fevers And Mirrors", followed in May 2000.
Bright Eyes' next album, "Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground", climbed to the #2 spot on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart in late summer of 2002; this was also the group's first Billboard Top 200 entry at #161.
Oberst spent the following two years writing and recording new material,
he was then invited to join Bruce Springsteen
and R.E.M. on an arena tour of swing states
in advance of the presidential election.
January 2005 saw the simultaneous release of two well-received albums: "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning", a country-tinged mélange of Conor's finest acoustic songs including the single "Road To Joy", featuring guest vocal appearances from Emmylou Harris and Jim James from My Morning Jacket and "Digital Ash In A Digital Urn", a more produced, band-centric album featuring cameo appearances by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Both these records ascended into The Billboard 200 chart peaking at #10 and #15, respectively.
From 2006, the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis and trumpet + keyboard player Nathaniel Walcott and in the spring of the following year they released the band's seventh full-length disc, "Cassadaga" and the 6-track EP "Four Winds", the latter of which reached the #57 position on The Billboard 200 while the full album debuted at #4 on the same chart and #13 in the U.K. marking Bright Eyes' highest peak on either chart. "Cassadaga" included two singles "Four Winds" and "Hot Knives".
Conor Oberst released his first solo
album for Merge Records in August 2008 and followed it up with a "Outer
South", a CD credited to Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band.
Bright Eyes released its first studio album since 2007's "Cassadaga" in February 2011 via Saddle Creek. The 10-song set, titled "The People's Key", was recorded in Omaha, at the band's own ARC Studios.