“Bright Eyes is back. Well, not yet exactly, but expect to hear a lot about the band and its leader, Conor Oberst, in the coming months,” writes Prefix. The short of it: the band, which has been pretty quiet for the past three years, just announced U.S. tour dates for early 2011, and will play Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday, March 5.
It’s been five years since Oberst and Bright Eyes visited Asheville. The musician, known for his poetic, navel-gazing lyrics and strange, warbling singing style, launched his career at age 13 when he recorded a cassette tape on Lumberjack Records — the indie label he created with his brother that went on to become Saddle Creek. Since Bright Eyes’ last recording in 2007, Oberst has been involved with the Mystic Valley Band and Monsters of Folk (with Jim James of My Morning Jacket and M. Ward).
But back to Bright Eyes. The band’s page on label Saddle Creek posted this announcement: “Bright Eyes will release The People’s Key on February 15th 2011 on Saddle Creek. The People’s Key – the band’s seventh studio album – is the eagerly awaited follow-up to 2007’s acclaimed Cassadaga.” That date, Feb. 15, will be Oberst’s 31st birthday.