When Conor Oberst fled the midwestern winter for Tepoztlán, Mexico, in early 2008, his plan was to record a collection of songs in beautiful surroundings with some friends. The band he put together for the recording sessions (all done in an adobe house halfway up a mountain) was released in 2008 as Conor Oberst, his first non-Bright Eyes release since 2001. The band then took to the road as Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, named for Valle Místico where the recording took place.
Conor Oberst will join two concerts in July to raise awareness in protest for Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB1070, known as the "Fremont Law."
All photos by Brian Vetter
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