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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 

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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.



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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