Most people who came of age in the post-emo era have strong opinions on Bright Eyes, and often that opinion is that Conor Oberst’s Dylan-esque music spoke directly to them and defined their youth in some way. Now Bright Eyes’ folk album, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, which was originally released in 2005 in tandem with its electronic-based counterpart, Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, has been RIAA certified gold, a first for Saddle Creek. A big congratulations to Bright Eyes and the folks at Saddle Creek, which has been releasing records since 1993.

Saddle Creek co-founder Robb Nansel posted the following today:

Measuring the value of art based on sales figures is a ridiculous idea; and clearly there is no direct correlation between album sales and quality. But every once in a while we get reminded of why we do what we do; that our efforts aren’t completely futile; and that music, as cliché as it may sound, can change the world. This feels like that type of moment.

You can read the full statement at the Saddle Creek site. Listen to “Road To Joy” off the record and check out Conor Oberst’s solo tour dates and dates with Desaparecidos below.

Conor Oberst Tour Dates:
10/03 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
10/08 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
10/09 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
10/10 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s

Desaparecidos Tour Dates:
08/28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/20 – Englewood, CO – The Gothic Theatre
10/21 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
10/22 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/24 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/25 – Chicago, IL – Metro
10/26 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
10/27 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
10/28 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
10/30 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
11/01 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music And Arts Experience
11/03 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
11/04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre