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Bobby Long on AXS LIVE 

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Bobby Long performed two songs "Help You Mend" and "In Your Way" yesterday on AXS LIVE T.V. with fellow musicians Rob Dwyer (Mandolin) and Jack Dawson (Violin). Below are the archives from the performance for those who were unable to view it live on cable. Please view live on AXS TV's youtube channel and please comment how much you enjoyed Bobby on the show. We would love to help him reach large viewing numbers and comments on the video's. Thanks for everyone's help in advance.


 




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Bobby Long's Bigger Bite 

U~TSan Diego


English singer-songwriter, on tour to promote his third album, performs here Thursday at the Griffin.



Bobby Long has been keeping busy since making his area concert debut four years ago at The Loft at UC San Diego.

The English-born, New York-based troubadour now has two more albums under his belt, 2011’s “A Winter Tale” and this summer’s “Wishbone,” along with his first book of poetry. He performs here Thursday, Aug. 15, at The Griffin. While he may still be best known for “Let Me Sign,” which he co-wrote for the mega-hit 2008 movie “Twilight,” Long’s artistic growth since then has been considerable. The dozen-song “Wishbone” is his most accomplished work to date, and his most rock-oriented (as opposed to the more understated neo-folk and blues of his previous releases).

His challenge when he performs here Thursday at the 21-and-up Griffin will be to rock convincingly without his band. Then again, Long, 25, knows a thing or two about performing as a one-man band -- and the rich tradition of musicians providing their own accompaniment and crafting vivid stories with just a guitar and some carefully chosen chords and lyrics.

In 2009, he earned a bachelor's degree from London Metropolitan University. His thesis was on the social impact of American folk music, from blues to country and much in between. That explains why he is far better versed than many other young singer-songwriters in the work of Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Leadbelly Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons.

Some of Long's more recent influences include Ryan Adams, Joni Mitchell and the late Elliott Smith. However, his new album, "Wishbone," suggests he's been digging deep into Neil Young territory, both with and without Crazy Horse. Young's classic "Down by the River" has been featured in Long's recent performances. so, for that matter, has Jimi Hendrix's blues-drenched "Red House."

So, game on: If Long can deliver his new songs, sans band, with even half as much punch as he achieves on their recorded versions, he can make a strong argument for playing solo and making it count.

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Elliott Smith's guitar energizes Bobby Long 

Arizona Daily Star
By Gerald M. Gay


"Using Elliott Smith's guitar while recording 'Wishbone' was the closest I will ever come to feeling anything otherworldly," says Bobby Long, above. "It was pretty incredible."

Fans of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith might have noticed a familiar sound coming from Bobby Long's latest release, "Wishbone."

Long, a longtime devotee of the late musician, had the chance to use one of Smith's guitars and amps in the session. The instrument can be heard throughout the 12-track release.

"It was the closest I will ever come to feeling anything otherworldly," Long said in a phone interview from his Brooklyn home. "A guitar is a fairly specific and personal thing. It was pretty incredible."

The British-born Long will perform the brunt of "Wishbone" when he plays Club Congress Monday.

Caliente spoke to him about the album and his past visits to Tucson.

Your tour starts soon. Are you excited? "Yeah. I am always excited. I feel like this leg of the tour is going to be really nice. All the stops are in hot places.

You've been through Tucson before. Have you enjoyed your past visits? "I have. I have a very good friend in Tucson. Being English, it is hard to get used to not being able to go outside for long periods of time, but I love it there. It is a great place."

"Wishbone" seems to have a harder feel when compared to your past folk-rock projects. Was that on purpose? "I felt like I wanted to make something heavier, that implied that I could play electric guitar and have a band. I also felt like I didn't want to be perceived as a one-trick pony. There is more to me than just the singer-songwriter aspect. I wanted to express myself in a different way."

Have you found the change in direction has appealed to fans or driven some of them away? "Doing something new as a musician is always going to be a double-edged sword. You can write the same album you've made that pleases everybody. Then people might find you boring. At the same time, if you do something new you risk losing a few people. I've been surprised how well people have taken it."

Plus, you got to use Elliott Smith's guitar. "My producer's studio is next door to Rob Schnapf's studio. Rob was Elliott's producer, and when he heard I was a fan, he offered them to us. It was great."

Has it been easy working the new tracks into your your sets? "I still play solo. It is not like I am turning up with a black leather jacket or a mohawk. I still mix it up with the other stuff."

If you go

• What: Bobby Long in concert.

• When: 7 p.m. Monday.

• Where: Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

• Tickets: $14-$15 through Hotel Congress, 622-8848.

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Picture Book & Live Review: Bobby Long @ Eddie’s Attic 

Atlanta Music Guide
August 5, 2013

By Lindsey Borders

All photos courtesy of Martin Borders

British singer and songwriter, Bobby Long, has cultivated quite a following since his humble beginnings across the pond where he used to perform at open mic nights with friends at a local pub. He has crafted his skill with performance after performance, and while he was just getting his feet wet when he started performing at local bars and venues, yet world renowned, like 3rd and Lindsley, Stubb’s BBQ, and our very own Eddie’s Attic, his performance and vocals continue to get stronger, and his stage presence is magnetic. Honestly, his performances are better with each time he performs. It’s as if the stage calls his name, and he yearns to be on it. They agree with each other, and the audience can sense that too, because the artist is more at ease with their performance and invokes the audience to participate when they’re in their element, and Bobby’s definitely one who is.

Kicking off Friday evening’s set at the world renowned Eddie’s Attic is a fellow acoustic singer-songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, who is on his second tour with Bobby. He’s a good character at getting the already lively crowd warmed up with warm and funny jokes about his recent only-when-touring addiction reality television show, “Gold Rush,” and attempted to whistle during one of his songs, but was distracted by our laughing, so he had to forego his whistling, and instead opted for his “new” song about his newfound love for “Gold Rush”! He played a few favorites, with a great cover of Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” Fitzgerald has a keen talent for singing and playing the guitar, and his songs are subtle and whimsical, along with inviting. He’s got an acoustic reggae vibe with a lot of soul.

Bobby came out shortly after Michael’s set and the already energetic crowd sang along as soon as Bobby belted out his first song. He played a few new singles, that haven’t yet been released, and he always plays old favorites from his earlier beginnings, such as “Who Have You Been Loving,” (my personal favorite, besides his deeply melancholic “Two-Tone Lover”), “Dead and Done,” “The Bounty of Mary Jane,” and more. With the playing of his past favorites, he takes requests from the audience, which I think is a great way to connect with your fans and the artist, and Bobby invites his audience to sing-along quite a bit too. Bobby played almost a two-hour set, and displayed musical vulnerability at its finest. He closed with a rare classic and cover of a positive Louis Armstrong single. While Bobby adds his own style to each song he delivers, with great inflection, he’s best when he performs his bluesy music. His massive guitar skills come out of the woodwork, and give him the incredible opportunity to display his impressive chops. Bobby and Michael are an act not to miss if they’re playing in your area on this time around!

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British Singer-Songwriter Bobby Long on Gibson J-200 

Gibson Guitar
By Anne Erickson



British singer-songwriter Bobby Long built his career the old-fashioned way: working the open mic night scene and earning fans one strum at a time. Initially from London and now based in New York City, Long is known for his large body of acoustic music with deep folk influences.

Long favors Gibson J-200s, and you’d be hard-pressed to find him without his J-200 on the road. Gibson.com checked in with Long to chat about why he believes Gibsons are “a working man’s guitar” and what went into the making of his latest album, Wishbone.

Check out the itinerary for Long’s 2013 North American trek at the end of the story.

When did you first pick up the guitar, and why did you take to the instrument?

I picked it up when I was around 16 or 17 because my dad played and other kids at school were playing. I was really into music and guitars before then, but things didn’t line up. I wanted to be a football (soccer) player, but then I heard Hendrix and everything changed with my priorities.

Tell me about your early days of moving to New York City from the U.K. and working on your music from the ground up.

Moving to New York was the best thing I ever did for music. It’s the home of so much, from Dylan to punk music. I felt, creatively, the best I have ever felt moving here because of its history and room for exploration. I first moved to the Lower East Side, but recently moved to Brooklyn, which has been great because I’ve seen another side to the city. I first started playing music in cafés and open mic nights in London and then progressed to supporting people and playing my own shows. Now that I live in New York, I don’t play open mic nights so much, because I tour a lot, so my time in New York is used now for writing songs, which is my favorite thing to do.

Your new album, Wishbone, features some electric guitar, but you’re really known for playing acoustic. What, for you, is the difference in feeling between playing acoustic and plugged in?

It just offers a different dynamic. I used to think there where big differences in what you can and can’t play on each of the instruments, but it’s really in the eye of the beholder. I love playing soft and light on the electric and hard on the acoustic, and a good fuzz pedal sounds great through my J-200. I think the big difference is the feel of the neck and the strings and the tones that you can get from each instrument.

Do you have a favorite song, guitar-wise, on Wishbone?

I like “Waiting for Dawn” and “Yesterday Yesterday.” Guitar-wise they are really fun to play, and you can really dig in with some real distortion behind you. We have real fun playing them live.

What Gibsons did you use to record Wishbone and your previous releases?

We used an old Les Paul, my J-200 and the ES-330, which was previously Elliott Smith’s.

What makes Gibson J200s right for your sound?

For me, I feel it’s a working man’s guitar, but the quality is better than anything I have felt or heard. My J-200 is really good at doing so many different things that it’s really invaluable to me. Specifically, the J-200 has a big sound and allows to you dig in, which is what I love.

What’s important for getting a great tone playing acoustic guitar?

You are often in the hands of a sound guy, but it’s important to have a quality guitar and pickup. Strings can also play a big part; they should be played in, yet fresh. It’s just really important, because often, if you’re playing on your own, its 50% of the sound.

What advice would you have for other artists who want to focus on acoustic playing?

Try to view it the same way as an electric guitar. While it is great to play simply, that is not the only thing an acoustic does and can do. Spend some time watching Neil Young, because his rhythm playing is intricate, yet sets a great tone and rhythm.

What’s next for you?

I'm currently touring in support of my new album, Wishbone. I finished the East Coast tour a month ago, and I’m starting up the West Coast tour in a few weeks. It’s been great so far. I want to release another album very soon, so I’m knee deep in writing the next one now. It’s going really well.

Bobby Long North American Tour Dates:

Aug. 2 – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA
Aug. 4 - Workplay, Birmingham, AL
Aug. 6 - Poor David's Pub, Dallas, TX
Aug. 7 - Sam's Burger Joint, San Antonio, TX
Aug. 8 - Fitzgerald's, Houston, TX
Aug. 9 - Stubb's Indoors, Austin, TX
Aug. 11 - The Crescent, Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 12 - Club Congress, Tucson, AZ
Aug. 15 - The Griffin, San Diego, CA
Aug. 16 - The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
Aug. 17 - Café du Nord, San Francisco, CA
Aug. 19 - Doug Fir, Portland, OR
Aug. 20 - The Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Aug. 22 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 23 - The Walnut Room, Denver, CO

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