Back in 2002, Conor Oberst recorded Bright Eyes’ A Christmas Album to benefit the Nebraska AIDS Project, which was available in limited quantities through Saddle Creek’s website. Now, 11 years later, the album will receive its first wide release.
The 11-track effort — which features renditions of “Blue Christmas”, “Away in a Manger”, “Silver Bells”, and more — will be available on CD, 180 gram white vinyl, and digitally beginning November 5th via Saddle Creek Records.
Oberst recorded the album alongside Azure Ray’s Maria Taylor; Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova); Gretta Cohn (Cursive); Armand Costanzo; Denver Dalley (Desaparecidos); Stefanie Drootin-Senseny (The Good Life, Big Harp); Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, O+S); Neely Jenkins (Tilly and the Wall); Jiha Lee (The Good Life); Andy LeMaster (Now It’s Overhead); Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes); Matt Oberst; Stephen Pedersen (Criteria); Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley); Macey Taylor (Mystic Valley Band); and Nick White (Tilly and the Wall).
Below, listen to Bright Eyes’ cover of “Blue Christmas”.