Who Is Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band?

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Turnaround Bright Eyes! Following yesterday’s ACL lineup announcement, many were surprised to learn that the mercurial Conor Oberst has added yet another band to his résumé - Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. Despite playing a couple of shows and booking several music fest gigs under his new handle, not much is known about Oberst’s latest and mysterious musical project. Hypeful, however, was able to uncover the following info about Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band:

In addition to Conor Oberst, the Mystic Valley Band members include Nik Freitas and Jason Boesel.

The band’s first live appearance was at a pair of late December 2007 shows at the 400 Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

While performing live, Oberst’s group has played 10 new songs and “covered” three from the Bright Eyes canon.

The band’s third gig was at Pasagüero in Mexico, where the band is rumored to have recorded their upcoming album.

Another rumor is that the band’s name is a reference to a place the group stayed at while recording their album.

Rumors and speculation aside, perhaps the best way to get to know this new band is by actually listening to them! Below is an excellent recording of the entire set that Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band performed at the 400 Bar back in December. Give it a listen and Hypeful will try to get more details for you as they emerge!

MP3s:
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band (Live @ The 400 Bar)
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Gone, Gone From New York City”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “There’s Nothing That The Road Cannot Heal”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Where Pilgrims Disappear”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Cape Canaveral”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Beach Bum Song”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “That’s My Fault”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Danny Callahan”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Smoke Signals”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Let Them In”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “El Cielo”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Breezy”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “I Don’t Want To Die In The Hospital”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Milk Thistle”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Lua”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “Man Named Truth”
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - “True Blue”

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