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Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band plan new CD

Friday, February 20, 2009 – Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band will release their second album on May 5 on Merge Records. "Outer South" was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillio, outside El Paso, Texas in November and December and features the same group of musicians who played on last year's acclaimed Oberst album, which went rootsy and country.

The Mystic Valley Band are Taylor Hollingsworth, Nik Freitas, Macey Taylor, Nathaniel Walcott and Jason Boesel.

"Outer South" is a 16-track album featuring songs written by Oberst, Freitas, Hollingsworth Nik Boesel, some of which were part of the live show from late last year including Nikorette, which they performed on Late Night With Conan O'Brien in November.

The Mystic Valley Band will be playing a run of shows in the west and at the Coachella Festival this spring.

Upcoming shows are:
April 9 Omaha, NE Slowdown
April 10 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
April 11 Aspen, CO Belly Up
April 12 El Paso, TX Barnett Harley Davidson (Hands of Love & Hope Benefit)
April 13 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
April 14 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
April 15 Pomona, CA Glass House
April 17 Indio, CA Coachella Music & Arts Festival
June 18 Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival

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