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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.


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.