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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Author: Todd Martens
11/22/2004 | Billboard.com | www.billboard.com | Feature
In addition to launching two albums on Jan. 25, Saddle Creek act Bright Eyes
will stage two distinct U.S. tours in support of the releases. Each outing
will promote one specific album, with the second leg featuring Saddle Creek
labelmates the Faint. Dates are still being confirmed for the tours.

The first outing will launch early next year, and support the album "I'm
Wide Awake It's Morning," according to a label spokesperson. The "Wide
Awake" tour will more closely resemble Bright Eyes outings of the past, with
a core band in an intimate setting.

Come spring, Saddle Creek is planning a second trek to promote "Digital
Ash in a Digital Urn." For the tour, which is expected to launch in May,
Bright Eyes leader Conor Oberst will enlist lablemates the Faint as his
backing band. "Digital Ash" is the more atypical Bright Eyes album,
apparently containing some electronic experimentation.

As previously reported, the 10-track "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" is
described by the label as a "country-tinged melange" that sports guest
appearances by Emmylou Harris on three tracks and My Morning Jacket's Jim
James on one other. "Digital Ash" boasts five tracks with Yeah Yeah Yeahs
guitarist Nick Zinner.

Additional guest appearances spread across the two sets include the Postal
Service's Jimmy Tamborello, producer Mike Mogis and members of current and
former Saddle Creek bands Rilo Kiley, Cursive, Now It's Overhead and the
Faint, among others.

Bright Eyes recently overtook the top two slots on Billboard's Hot 100
Singles Sales chart with the new tracks "Lua" and "Take It Easy (Love
Nothing)." That feat had not been accomplished since 1997, when Puff Daddy
was No. 1 with "I'll Be Missing You" featuring Faith Evans and featured with
Mase on Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems" at No. 2.


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