In 2005, Conor Oberst asked Jenny Lewis if she might be interested in making a solo album for his fledgling record label, Team Love.
Her reaction wasn’t quite what the Bright Eyes frontman was expecting.
“I was like, “‘Are you crazy? I can’t make a record on my own!’” recalled Lewis, then known as the singer in the Los Angeles indie-rock group Rilo Kiley. “My identity was wrapped up in my band. I never envisioned myself as a solo artist.”
Yet a solo artist is just what Lewis became with the rootsy “Rabbit Fur Coat,” which...