The songs of Conor Oberst have been with me through the better part of my (soon-to-be) 28 years old life. His melodies have nursed many broken hearts and accompanied countless happy memories. His words have acted as a sort of open diary to any pain, pleasure, doubt and love reflecting my reality with an undeniable truth. That my friend is the power of the amazing song writer that is Conor Oberst. Where it is when he goes solo, fronts Bright eyes or The Mystic Valley Band, goes punk with Desaparacidos or collaborates on Monsters of Folk, that guy has a way of relating life's every details in a way that is so accurate and romanticized all at the same time.
2011 was a Bright Eyes year. With the release of The People's Key, I was lucky enough to get to see them live 3 times in the same year. First, there was the roadtrip to Toronto, than the seen-from-the-stage performance at Osheaga and it all culminated in the ultimate Bright Eyes experience: getting to cover Ottawa Folkfest (City & Colour where also headlining). On that weekend, memories where made that will last a lifetime.
When I heard that Conor and Dallas where both playing on the same day at Ottawa Bluesfest it was a no brainer! A roadtrip planned later, I can't wait to share with you my first experience at Ottawa Bluesfest. If it is anywhere as amazing as Ottawa Folkfest was (read all about it right here), we're in for a lot of fun!
The Outfit above was inspired by Mr. Oberst himself. My interpretation of his folksy/rocker self. In my opinion, there's just the right hint of mystical native american and spiritual touches to remind myself of one of my favourite songs (Four Winds). I have no idea why but somehow this outfit brings to mind the whole Cassadega album.
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