Bright Eyes are the Omaha, Nebraska-based band led by lauded songwriter Conor Oberst. Recording from the age of 14, Oberst first reached national, and then international, attention with the release of 2000's Fevers and Mirrors, recorded when he was just 19 years old. Bright Eyes are Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott.
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning was released in 2005 simultaneously with Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. It's the album that Omaha native Conor Oberst has always threatened to make, channeling his country rock influences into articulate, witty ballads that come to life with gorgeous harmonies supplied by Emmylou Harris. The tumbling "We Are Nowhere and It's Now" might be his first actual masterpiece, while the words of album closer "Road to Joy" ("I could've been a famous singer if I had someone else's voice/ But failure's always sounded better") indicate that Oberst might have his head screwed on right after all.