Bobby Long "Ode to Thinking" Album Stream 

Exclaim.Ca
By Sarah Murphy
Posted July 31, 2015

UK-born, New York-based singer-songwriter Bobby Long is set to release his latest
album Ode to Thinking next week, but Exclaim! is giving you the chance to hear the whole thing before it hits shelves.
 
The album's title is a fair representation of Long's introspective, pensive songwriting style, and on the new record that style gets matched with a sophisticated simplicity that lets Long's stories shine through. Primarily driven by soft melodic guitars and Long's rustic but emotive voice, the songs never veer into the realm of over-the-top. The 11 songs on the new record have been with Long on the road for a while now, allowing the singer to hone each one in a live setting before laying them down in a studio. The set was recorded in the fall of 2014 at Congress House Studios in Austin, TX, with producer Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco).

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Bobby Long to Release New Album 

The Student Pocket Guide
Posted July 31, 2015



The fabulous Bobby Long did a fabulous cover of Nick Lowe’s song, (‘What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding’ this week for our YouTube Channel, ‘SPGtv.’ What’s more, as we enjoyed Bobby’s video so much and we think you did too, we thought we’d give you some info about the upcoming release of his new album as well has his UK tour dates … how nice are we?!
 

Bobby will be releasing his new album, ‘Ode To Thinking’ worldwide on 7th August via his new label, Compass Records. The talented singer-songwriter-guitarist recorded the album in Autumn last year along with producer, Mark Hallman. The two of them had a great partnership and ended up recording 14 songs in just 11 days. ‘Ode To Thinking’ features 11 tracks and is followed by his first UK/European tour, which begins runs from October-November and if previous albums are anything to go by, this one is sure to be a success. ‘A Winter Tale’ (2011) and ‘Wishbone’ (2013) were both very well received.

His UK tour dates are as follows:

  • 3rd November Birmingham Hare & Hounds
  • 4th November Manchester Night N Day
  • 5th November Glasgow King Tuts
  • 6th November London Borderline
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Ode to Thinking Concert Window Performance 

Please join Bobby tomorrow July 31st at 8:00pm EDT, 5:00pm PST. As he say thank you to all his fans who have supported him during his Pledge Campaign, and helping make his record Ode to Thinking a reality. The concert will stream right in your own living rooms, simply click on the link below and order your pay per view. If you are first timer to Concert Window, please pre-register before the performance. You can pay what you'd you like, although it is recommended to pay the price of a concert ticket. Bobby receives a percentage of the sales. Plus you can also tip on the day of the performance if Bobby plays something you really like. The more you tip, the more he plays. Please join in for a chat with other fans, it's a great experience and fun for all.

Musicians Corner: Song Premiere Hideaway 

Since 2010, Musicians Corner has showcased over 750 artists on their stage in Centennial Park Nashville. Now they are showcasing artists throughout the year as part of the "Now Hear This" Artist Spotlights online. 

Click on the picture below to hear the exclusive song premiere of "Hideaway".


 
 
Bobby Long's new album, Ode to Thinking, comes out on August 7 via Compass Records. Below, the British singer-songwriter who calls New York City home shares a track from the album, "Hideaway," a kiss-off to a wayward lover that splits the difference between The Beatles and Joe Cocker.

How did you write "Hideaway?"
Originally, I wrote the chorus as something different. I always loved it, but it never clicked into place. I was mucking around with the riff that underlines the chorus part, and I wanted to write something that was a bit raggedy like "Dig a Pony." I just started playing the chorus again so it came together really well.
I was actually inspired to write this about this person that I knew who just seemed to love scorching myself and people around her. So it's kind of a distant finger in her general direction.

How would you describe the new record?
It's always hard to describe, but I guess the whole album is about the songs. Every instrumentation or harmony part is dedicated to making the song better. It was a case of removing ego as players and as a singer and trying to do what's best for the writing and the listener really.

Have you been to Nashville much? What do you think of it?
I really like Nashville. It's a great great town. It feels special. I love the history of the place, and there are lots of great things happening musically right now.

What's the last good concert you've been to?
Wow, that's tough. I saw John Prine, and he was the best.

Project UROK: 1985 

Bobby Long  is a singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom, who lives in New York. In this exclusive video, Bobby plays "1985", a song off of his upcoming album, Ode to Thinking, and talks with Project UROK about his struggles with mental health issues that run in his family. If you would like to find out more Project UROK, or if you know someone suffering from mental health issues, please visit their website.

Daytrotter Sessions 

Daytrotter Sessions
Recorded at Big Light Studios, Nashville
Posted July 28, 2015

Lost in the Pockets of an Overcoat ...
 

While Bobby was touring back in March, he stopped by the Big Light Studios in Nashville to record a new Daytrotter session. The session includes four songs from his upcoming record "Ode to Thinking" which will be released on August 7th, worldwide. Two of the songs can be streamed, although to hear the full set of songs you can become a member of Daytrotter to hear the full stream.
 ​

Tracks
1. Welcome to Daytrotter/That Little Place I Knew
2. I'm Not Going Out Tonight
3. Kill Someone
4. Treat Me Like a Stranger

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Listen to Bobby Long's original Daytrotter session from 2010 here ...

Album from Both Sides of the Pond  

Wigan Today
By Andrew Nowell
Posted July 24, 2015

A SINGER-songwriter’s new album may have been born in the USA but he says Wigan is very much home.

Bobby Long, who lived in the borough until he was six and still has family in Swinley and Orrell, travelled from his home in New York to Texas to record third album Ode To Thinking.

Bobby’s family left Wigan for Wiltshire and he then made his way Stateside after studying at London Metropolitan University.

His latest album sees him strip back the sound of previous recordings to concentrate on his voice and guitar, while he says the studio in Austin allowed him to subtly absorb some of the state’s history in country, blues and jazz music into the record.

Despite the trans-Atlantic setting and influences, which started aged 11 when his dad Chris introduced him to blues, Bobby says it is the north of England which still feels like home to him. Bobby, 29, said: “I’ve got more family ties to Wigan than anywhere else and whenever I go back it feels like home. “I really like the place, it feels like a home base. I love the people and I’m also a rugby league fan and like to go to a game when I’m here.“It definitely influences my music and in particular my lyrics, especially with the northern sense of humour I was brought up with.”


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Magnet Magazine: Ode to Restraint 

Magnet Magazine
By Hobard Rowland
Posted July 2015

Blues/folk misfit Bobby Long learns the art of compromise

“I love that record … I’m really proud of it.”

The album to which Bobby Long is referring isn’t the new Ode To Thinking, but 2013’s Wishbone, his second and final release for ATO. And the reason he’s talking about it, quite frankly, is because the guy interviewing him won’t shut up about it. “This is one of the most in-depth Wishbone interviews I’ve ever had—I was hoping for this kind of interview when it came out,” says Long with a chuckle. “It just shows you that, sometimes, things don’t stick.”

Wishbone’s swept-under-the-rug status was all the more perplexing given the strength of its songs—nearly every one an engaging marriage of the Englander’s competing passions for folk, blues and Britpop. If any album that year was equipped to bridge the divide between “September Gurls” and “The Thrill Is Gone,” Wishbone was it. So, is it any wonder that ATO didn’t quite know what to do with the thing?

“I don’t want to be one of those people who slags off their old label—there were some really lovely people there,” says Long, who’s now settled in Beacon, N.Y. “I was instantly put in the singer/songwriter bracket, so I was kind of rebelling a bit. I remember playing a song for the people in my camp early on, and one said it reminded him of Coldplay. I was like, ‘Well, isn’t that a good thing? They sell a shit-ton of records.’”

To be clear: Nothing on Ode To Thinking sounds even remotely like Coldplay. Recorded by Mark Hallman at his Congress House Studios in Austin in September, the album was funded by a PledgeMusic campaign after Long cut ties with ATO. “It was just me and the producer in the studio; I played whatever, and Mark played the rest,” says Long. “We’d start a song in the morning, and we wouldn’t stop until we were finished. We did 24 tracks in, like, 10 days.”

With its crisp, unobtrusive production and emphasis on Long’s gritty, increasingly nuanced vocals, Ode is a solid compromise between Wishbone’s burly full-band sound and the sparse, live-to-tape feel of 2011’s A Winter Tale, produced by Grammy winner Liam Watson (White Stripes). “Not a lot of people work with Liam Watson on their first record—he’s a maverick producer,” says Long. “Maybe I should’ve recorded this album first.”
Perhaps that would’ve made Wishbone easier to swallow.

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  • Tonia

    Tonia Portland, Me

    Tonia, I'm sure Bobby will be back to the New England area soon. After hearing a lot of the new album at your show in Portsmouth, I am now dying from anticipation!! Also we would like another show somewhere in New England. Sooner rather then later, please! 😉
    Tonia, I'm sure Bobby will be back to the New England area soon.

    After hearing a lot of the new album at your show in Portsmouth, I am now dying from anticipation!! Also we would like another show somewhere in New England. Sooner rather then later, please! 😉
  • Crystal Barajas

    Crystal Barajas Louisville, KY

    Just booked a spontaneous trip to NYC with my sister in law and hoping you book a show for the weekend we are there 2/26-3/1. It's on my bucket list to see you in NYC!
    Just booked a spontaneous trip to NYC with my sister in law and hoping you book a show for the weekend we are there 2/26-3/1. It's on my bucket list to see you in NYC!
  • Jan

    Jan Toronto

    hope you're back in Toronto soon! Missed the last show....
    hope you're back in Toronto soon! Missed the last show....
  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Kentucky

    Bobby, I look forward to seeing you in Nashville and I'm excited for the album release! Best wishes and God speed to you sweetheart!
    Bobby, I look forward to seeing you in Nashville and I'm excited for the album release! Best wishes and God speed to you sweetheart!
  • Tonia

    Tonia Portland,Me USA

    Also you were so right about Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I'm now obsessed. Great show @ The State Theatre in Portland Maine. Hope you come back soon.
    Also you were so right about Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I'm now obsessed. Great show @ The State Theatre in Portland Maine. Hope you come back soon.
  • Tonia

    Tonia Portland,Me USA

    I spend far too much time searching YouTube with great hope that the fan somewhere has captured a new song. Too my delight I came a crossed Wishes. Love it. Hope it makes the cut for the new album. Can't wait.
    I spend far too much time searching YouTube with great hope that the fan somewhere has captured a new song. Too my delight I came a crossed Wishes. Love it. Hope it makes the cut for the new album. Can't wait.
  • mel

    mel still in southeast asia

    merry christmas, bobby thanks so much for the christmas song. it's lovely. looking forward to new music from you in the new year and hoping this is the year i finally get to see you again. it's been nearly 3 years! peace- xx
    merry christmas, bobby
    thanks so much for the christmas song. it's lovely. looking forward to new music from you in the new year and hoping this is the year i finally get to see you again. it's been nearly 3 years! peace-
    xx
  • EmmersIsHere

    EmmersIsHere Australia!

    Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to Bobby Long and everyone! Thanks for the music, the Christmas song is great! When are you comming back to Aus? We promise not to mention the Ashes... much. Cheers!
    Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to Bobby Long and everyone! Thanks for the music, the Christmas song is great! When are you comming back to Aus? We promise not to mention the Ashes... much. Cheers!
  • mel

    mel southeast asia, baby!

    would be so very merry if bobby covered another holiday song. that was so fun last year. it wouldn't need to be a whole poll thing since everyone is so busy. he could just pick one that he likes, cos we know he knows them all already! x
    would be so very merry if bobby covered another holiday song. that was so fun last year. it wouldn't need to be a whole poll thing since everyone is so busy. he could just pick one that he likes, cos we know he knows them all already! x
  • Rebecca

    Rebecca Ky.

    I just wanted to say thanks to all of the awesome work that goes into creating this site. Due to limited funds and traveling expenses I haven't been able to attend any recent events. I have been a fan of Bobby's for quite sometime. I love to come here and catch up on recent events.This site always makes me smile! Great work to whomever deserves the credit! P.s. Get some rest Bobby! You are only human x. :)
    I just wanted to say thanks to all of the awesome work that goes into creating this site. Due to limited funds and traveling expenses I haven't been able to attend any recent events. I have been a fan of Bobby's for quite sometime. I love to come here and catch up on recent events.This site always makes me smile! Great work to whomever deserves the credit! P.s. Get some rest Bobby! You are only human x. smile