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Cause Celeb: Long wields guitar against mental illness 



If singer-songwriter Bobby Long has one solid piece of advice, it might be to keep playing the cello. That was his first instrument, which he foolishly quit playing when he was 12.

“I literally know as much as everybody else,” he told Giive a (bleep) with a laugh.

But Long is still pretty solid on anything resembling a guitar, and he has more than just one piece of advice.

His latest album, Ode to Thinking, is as thoughtful as they come, the result of changing perspectives and taking time with friends to look at events that matter in a social sense.

“I just feel like I’ve changed a little bit as a person. I’m a little bit more into my surroundings and socially,” Long said. “We have conversations about an article or a segment on the news or a bill that passed.

“I wasn’t necessarily trying to write from my perspective.”

So it’s fitting that an album that touched on social issues and examined new perspectives also saw Long giving back. The album was financed through crowdfunding on the website PledgeMusic. When the album reached its goal, Long donated a portion of the extra money to Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy and research organization.

This isn’t the first time Long has given back, nor looked at something socially with fresh eyes.

He learned about fibromyalgia, a painful muscular-skeletal disorder, after doing the Caterpillar Walk for the Fibromyalgia Foundation, and he learned more about mental health after doing a PSA for Project UROK, an organization that helps teenagers struggling with mental health issues. The experience hit home with Long, as members of his family have struggled with mental health issues.

“Going through it, I know kind of what to say now,” he said. “Before, I only thought I did.”

Ultimately, it’s about giving back and inspiring others to do the same, however you can, Long said.

“Music is so important,” he said. “It’s a trigger. We might raise a hundred dollars if I play a song.”

Catch Long at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, where the new album’s sound — intimate and acoustic — should be perfectly reflected by the space. Long will take the stage on Aug. 1, and Ode to Thinking comes out Aug. 7. For more information, including tour dates, visit www.MusicBobbyLong.com.


Bobby Long's New Album Streets August 7th 

W3 Public Reliations

Bobby Long - Ode to Thinking

British singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Long, who is known for his powerfully evocative lyrics set to haunting melodies, has signed an agreement with Compass Records for the release of his new album, ODE TO THINKING. The CD will arrive worldwide on August 7 with U.S. and international tour dates scheduled to support the release.

Recorded last fall in Austin, TX, ODE TO THINKING is a taut collection of 11 original songs, produced by veteran producer Mark Hallman at his Congress House Studios. Long, who emerged from London's burgeoning folk music renaissance, relocated to New York in 2009, cultivating a strong fan base for his music. He has previously released two well received albums, A WINTER TALE (2011) and WISHBONE (2013) as well as a five-song EP called THE BACKING SINGER (2011) and a volume of poetry, LOSING MY BROTHERHOOD (2012).

The release of ODE TO THINKING will be supported by a U.S. concert tour that will begin in early August and initially focus on the Midwest into Texas. He will tour Europe during October followed by shows in the UK and additional U.S. dates will follow. Prior to heading out in support of the new CD, Long is set to play the Acoustic Stage at the venerable Glastonbury Festival in England on Saturday, June 27. It will be his first high profile appearance in his native country.

"This record started when I realized that the first five songs I wrote for it were probably the most personal songs I'd ever written," Long says of the new recording. "That was the start of the journey. ‘Ode to Thinking’ was one of the first songs I had written (for the album), and it was the definite turning point creatively where I felt, as I'm getting older, that I'm getting more interested in what's going on politically and socially. I now think it's really important to educate yourself and to take an interest in what's going on in the world."

The album was made possible by a highly-successful crowd-funding campaign via

PledgeMusic (www.pledgemusic.com/bobbylong) that launched last summer and allowed fans and music supporters to essentially pre-order the album even before it was recorded and along other items like specially-designed teeshirts, private shows and handwritten poems and lyrics. Long's campaign was fully-funded in four weeks-half the time allotted--and is now closing in on 800 individual pledges, each of whom will receive the digital download version of the new CD upon its release.
It was singularly the most

creative collaboration of my life," says Bobby. "I definitely felt that when I was in the studio-more so than ever before-that I was recording an album for everybody else, and especially for the people who were so generous with their time in getting the word out and with their hard-earned money. It's something I will never forget, and I feel extremely lucky to be able to have done it."

The new album brings together elements of Long's live solo shows and is based around his acoustic guitar on which he wrote all of the new songs, which differs in essential elements from his two previous releases. "The first album (A WINTER TALE) was half electric, half acoustic," he elaborates. "I walked into a studio, and the producer had put together a band to record live with. I showed the band my songs, and we worked them out as we went along. The second record (WISHBONE) was electric. I went in with a band-a bunch of guys I'd been playing with on the road. We had little time for rehearsals before so we recorded live for a bit and kind of put it together in the studio as we went along. With this record (ODE TO THINKING), it was simplified in a sense because the songs are largely based around my live shows-just me playing solo-which adds an element of honesty to it, and certainly gives the album more of a live feel. I brought the songs into the studio on my own. It felt like much more of an individual process from my point of view, and the only sharing involved was me working out ideas with the producer, which was really great this time around."

Bobby Long was born in Wigan, of George Orwell fame, and grew up in bucolic Wiltshire, the setting for many of Thomas Hardy's novels. Ironically, literature and writing eluded him until a kindly teacher took notice of his struggles at school. She introduced him to the work of Dylan Thomas, and he never looked back. Relocating to London at 17 to go to university, he had just begun to play guitar and write songs. He worked his way through the open mic night circuit, finding his voice, and armed with a degree in music for film and a carefully crafted repertoire of original songs, he headed for America in 2009.

His new home in New York informs his newest material. "It's an inspiring place, but I think the inspiring thing is to sing about things that I'd never really sung about," he explains. "Before I might have sung about certain subjects, but it was in some kind of cryptic code. I feel more comfortable singing about love because I'm in the midst of it, and I feel I'm at an age where if there's a serious discussion at the table, I can add to it and feel comfortable doing so. And I guess I'm more comfortable with my voice now too. There's definitely growth all around."

Long is partnering with Nashville-based Compass Records, a respected independent label with a history in folk and roots music, for the worldwide release of ODE TO THINKING. The album release will be supported by an extensive tour starting on August 1 at McCabe's Guitar Shop, the famed folk music venue in Los Angeles. The first U.S. leg will run for five weeks followed by a month of shows in Europe in October, where he has not played for nearly three years. Shows in the U.K. and additional U.S. shows will follow.

Confirmed ODE TO THINKING tour dates are as follows:

June 27-Acoustic Stage, Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury, England

August 1-McCabe's Guitar Shop, Los Angeles

August 8-Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA

August 11-Club Café, Pittsburgh, PA

August 12-Musica, Akron, OH

August 13-Rumba Café, Columbus, OH

August 14-Southgate House (Revival Room), Newport, KY

August 15-The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC

August 18-Zanzabar, Louisville, KY

August 19-Radio Radio, Indianapolis

August 20-Rozz-Tox, Rock Island, IL

August 24-The Frequency, Madison, WI

August 25-Firebird, St. Louis, MO

August 28-Record Bar Kansas City, MO

August 29-The Blue Door, Oklahoma City

August 30-Sam's Burger Joint, San Antonio, TX

September 2-Cactus Club, Austin, TX

September 3-Poor David's Pub, Dallas, TX

September 4-Warehouse Live, Houston, TX

September 25-World Café Live, Wilmington, DE

September 26-The Linda, Albany, NY

September 27-Katharine Hepburn Theatre, Old Saybrook, CT

Bobby Long will begin a month of shows in Europe on October 3 followed by a week


Compass Records Announces Bobby Long Ode to Thinking 

Compass Records

"His swaggery growl goes tender in the right places; his tunes are sturdy but graceful, like the curve of something hand-carved." 
-Los Angeles Times

Compass Records is pleased to announce the release of BOBBY LONG's new record, ODE TO THINKING. Long has built a dedicated fan base around his hauntingly poetic lyrics and catchy melodies. On his new record, Long returns to the basics: a guitar, sturdy songs, and his singularly plaintive voice.
"Bobby Long is our kind of artist – smart, musical and hardworking, with accessible songs of depth and beauty," says Compass Records co-founder Garry West. "And with his growing fan base and an album as good as Ode to Thinking, we're confident that he is an artist on the rise. All of us at Compass Records are thrilled to be working with Bobby and look forward to what the future will bring."
The album’s 11 original tracks showcase a hard-won maturity that belies Long’s 29 years. A prolific songwriter who has been compared to his own heroes– Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan– Long’s vision for Ode to Thinking was honed in a live setting, where each song found its place on the album after being perfected on stage.

Producer/musician Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco) joined Long at Congress House Studios in Austin, Texas to record the album during a two week period in the fall of 2014.  Ode to Thinking was made possible by a hugely successful PledgeMusic campaign. “It is incredibly gratifying that so many people wanted to help me make the new record,” Long says of the support. “This community has been with me for every step of the journey.

Long first gained international attention in 2008 when he co-wrote a song with musician Marcus Foster that found its way into the first film of the immensely popular Twilight series. The global impact of the film focused attention on him and spurred his move to America. Now writing and touring are a way of life. 

In addition to supporting major artists including Steve Winwood, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Brett Dennen, Long headlines his own shows where his music and irreverent sense of humor have earned him steadfast fans and invitations to play high profile festivals like Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, the Dave Matthews Band Caravan and Bamboozle.


1. Ode To Thinking 

2. Cold Hearted Lover Of Mine

3. I'm Not Going Out Tonight

4. Treat Me Like A Stranger

5. Kill Someone 

6. Something Blue, Something Barrowed

7. Hideaway

8. The Dark Won't Get Darker

9. The Song The Kids Sing

10. 1985

11. That Little Place



1. Aug 1 - McCabe's - Los Angeles, CA

2. Aug 8 - Jammin' Java - Washington, DC

3. Aug 11 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA

4. Aug 12 - Musica - Akron, OH

5. Aug 13 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH

6. Aug 14 - Southgate House (Revival Room) - Cincinnati, OH/Newport, KY

7. Aug 15 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC

8. Aug 18 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY

9. Aug 20 - Rozz Tox - Rock island, IL

10. Aug 24 - The Frequency - Madison, WI

11. Aug 25 - Firebird - St. Louis, MO

12. Aug 28 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO

13. Aug 29 - Blue Door - Oklahoma City, OK

14. Aug 30 - Sam's Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX

15. Sept 2 - Cactus Club - Austin, TX

16. Sept 3 - Poor David's Pub - Dallas, TX

17. Sept 4 - Warehouse Live - Huston, TX

18. Sept 25 - World Live Cafe - Wilmington, DE

19. Sept 26 - The Linda - Albany, NY

20. Sept 27 - The Kate - Old Saybrook, CT

Ode to Thinking Album and Tour Updates 

Bobby Long Pledge Music Update
Posted June 4, 2015

Bobby has just released info on his Pledge Music site info on the upcoming album "Ode To Thinking" release on August 7th and his U.S. tour dates. Please head over to the Pledge Music site to view the update video. Tour dates will be available here on MBL and on Bobby's site at BobbyLong.info. Please keep checking back for more info as the weeks unfold prior to the release of his album. Please click on the photo below for details.

Bobby Long EPK

Bobby Long - Discusses New Album 

The Times Chester County

Bobby Long, who plays the Upstairs Stage at the World Café Live at the Queen (500 North Market Street, Wilmington, 302- 994-1400, www.queen.worldcafelive.com) on January 24, is a young singer from Wigan, England who built up a solid fan base in America before he even released an album here.

Long, who now lives in New York, continued to add to his fan popularity with his two albums on ATO Records — “A Winter Tale” in 2011 and “Wishbone” in 2013. Now, he is ready to add more listeners to his ever-growing cache with a new album that is fresher than a tray of tea biscuits still hot from the oven.

“I just finished my new record five days ago,” said Long, during a phone interview last Friday from his home in New York. “I just got the masters back today. I did a pledge campaign to fund the album and then recorded it in Austin, Texas.

“I did my last album in L.A. and the one before that was recorded in London. I’ve been lucky enough to move around. Recording in Austin was a bonus. I love the town. My manager had a client who recorded there and was really pleased with the result. So, he suggested I try it.”

Long cut his new album in Austin at The Congress House recording studios with highly-acclaimed producer  Mark Hallman whose resume includes work with Carole King, Hot Club of Cowtown, Dale Watson, Ani DiFranco and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Long also has some of his songs in a new short film that’s playing the festival circuit called “See Seven States from Rock City.

“Mark is a great guy,” said Long. “He’s really good working with solo artists. He’s a multi-instrumentalist — drums, bass, any instrument. He was really good working with someone like me. I’d bring the song in and then we’d build it up together.

“I took 20 songs down there with me. I recorded my bit live and then we added to it. There was a connection there. We worked really fast — try this, yeah, let’s try this — we didn’t muck around. I played guitar, sang and did harmonies. He had a sound engineer who played slide.

“I was looking to play bass on the album but Mark is a great bass player. The big thing I really, really liked — when I have a brain wave, I have to finish it. He likes to focus on one track at a time until he gets that track nailed. So, I was able to concentrate on one thing at a time. I definitely felt he was on the same level as me.”
Not only is Long’s new album fresh, so are all the songs.

“I’d say 90 per cent of the songs were newly written,” said Long. “There is a diversity of songs. With the last album, we wanted to make sure there was a definite line running through — a thread.

“This time, there’s more versatility. We used a harmonium. We used a mellotron on another track — and a Hammond B-3. But, all the kids are from the same house. We cut the album in September in 10 days. We just announced the title — ‘Ode to Thinking’ — and are looking at an April/May release.

Long’s show is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $17.


Singer-Songwriter Bobby Long Resumes Tour Schedule 

W3 Public Relations
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long, who now makes his home in New York City, is set for a series of live appearances, beginning with a return to The Drake Hotel in Toronto on August 6. Long will follow the Toronto show with one on August 16 in his adopted neighborhood when he appears at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, New York. Joining him on that bill will be singer Dawn Landes.

Long's live shows this year have been infrequent because he has been concentrating on writing new material for what will be his third album.  Long, who first emerged by way of London's folk revival movement and a song he wrote that found its way onto the soundtrack of the first "Twilight" film, has built a strong international following for his poignant, finely-crafted songs. He has made two full-length albums along the way-the critically-acclaimed A WINTER TALE (2011), which paid homage to his acoustic roots, and last year's more rock-oriented WISHBONE, a harder edged showcase for his sorrow-filled vocals and stellar guitar-playing. He has succeeded handily, as stated in The New York Daily News:  "He created songs with a blunt force, using melodies that engage and a voice that's rife with hunger."

Long's upcoming shows will showcase some of the new songs he is planning to record.  He recently launched a campaign on PledgeMusic (www.pledgemusic.com/bobbylong) to raise the funds necessary for the recording and is already nearing his goal amount.  A consistently engaging performer, Long has toured extensively on his own and as the opener for such diverse artists as Steve Winwood, Iron and Wine, Brett Dennen and Rodrigo y Gabriela as well as appearing at the Bonnaroo, Bamboozle, Dave Matthews Band Caravan and Austin City Limits music festivals. Music Connection Magazine, in a review of his SRO show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles last summer, wrote: "While he is equally adept at singing and playing the guitar, perhaps his greatest asset is his authenticity. In a time when the airwaves are dominated by auto-tune and studio wizardry, Long's refreshingly organic sound hits listeners' ears like a breath of fresh air."


A Short Tour From Bobby Long  


Hip hip hooray for Bobby Long! This morning the British singer/songwriter announced the PledgeMusic campaign for his third album had reached its goal. And there’s good news for his fans too – dates scattered here and there from August through November.


Pollstar and Bobby go way back. Last year we did a follow-up Q&A with the artist after interviewing him in 2010.

Since then he’s been busy writing new material for his third official LP. The PledgeMusic campaign is currently at 104 percent of its goal, with 230 days left until the release. You can still get involved by pledging anything from $10 for a digital version of the album to $5,000 for your very own song penned by Long.  

Long says, “For my third album, I’m going back to where I began—to make an album that captures the intimacy of my live shows based around my voice, guitar and new songs.”

Here’s his itinerary:

Aug. 6 – Toronto, Ontario, Drake Hotel / Underground      
Aug. 16 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Rough Trade     
Oct. 15 – Decatur, Ga., Eddie’s Attic          
Oct. 16 – Athens, Ga., The Melting Point    
Oct. 19 – Birmingham, Ala., BottleTree       
Oct. 21 – Nashville, Tenn., The Rutledge    
Nov. 7 – Albany, N.Y., The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio      
Nov. 16 – Santa Barbara, Calif., Soho Restaurant & Music Club

Tickets are available now.

For more information visit BobbyLong.info and click here for his PledgeMusic campaign page.


@Jamminjavamei's Q&A Session with Bobby Long  

Jammin Java

Where and when was your first show?  

I played at a school show with our band, Grand Old Duke.  We got dressed in shorts and painted ourselves head to toe in paint.  The paint didn’t dry, and we got paint all over the stage and onto others.  We were basically stupid.

What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?

Probably the Beatles.  Without doubt, my favorite band and as a kid they were all I listened to.  They have such a vast collection of work that it’s easy to forget some of the great songs they had written.

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

Probably being on the bus when I was on tour with Steve Winwood.  He is one of my Dad’s favorites, and, as a kid, I listened to a lot of The Spencer Davis Group. I bothered him by asking so many questions, but he is such a gent and a kind man.

Favorite Food:  Sunday Roast Dinner

Favorite Drink:  Black Coffee and Beer
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?

I would have Paul Giamatti play me.

Cat-Person, Dog-Person, or both?   I love my cat but I am more of a dog person.



Bobby Long on AXS LIVE 


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.