Bobby Long is best known for his writing credits in the Twilight series, but the British Singer/Songwriter is heating up the charts now, with his third solo album. “Ode To Thinking” was just released this month, and has already hit Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and the folk chart.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26th at 4PM Central time, watch British Singer Songwriter Bobby Long on DittyTV for a live, acoustic performance. Best known for his writing credits in the Twilight series, Bobby Long recently released his newest album Ode to Thinking earlier this month. Ode to Thinking was entirely funded by Long’s fans in an impressive four week time span. While most artists continue to add on to their music throughout the progress of their careers, Long has done the opposite. This latest album strips his music down to the bare minimum, which does nothing but showcase this performers raw talent.
“This record deserves to be heard and should be recognized for its sincerity and successful folk simplicity. Bobby Long is the kind of artist people root for, he’s candid, gracious and unobtrusive; which is why it comes as no surprise that he’s garnered a following so devout they swiftly helped to finance an entire record for him. Ode To Thinking isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s an important reminder of good art his fans can be proud to say they founded.” - Pop Matters
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UK singer-songwriter Bobby Long just put out his third album Ode to Thinking this month, which just hit number 23 on the US Heatseekers chart. Continuing that little bit of positive momentum he’s just released the new video for the track “I’m Not Going Out Tonight”, which was directed by Nashville director Casey McBride.
A collaboration between the two artists, the end result is a quietly enthralling short film, described as “a poignant story of heartbreak and loss that appears to contain footage shot in the same location during two different time periods—it wasn’t.”
To see Bobby's new video please head over to view the exclusive at Pop Matters, here...
We’ve not heard of Mr Long before but the interweb informs that he had a tune in the first Twilight film and apparently has such a strong fanbase that he fan-funded this album in a little over a month. It’s a simple but powerful album, with Long leading the way on acoustic guitar and vocals; his songs are robust tunes in a way that reminded us of Frank Turner, not so much in sound but in the fact that songs are all bolted together with man-sized nuts and girders. It was produced and recorded in Austin and has a similar sound to one of our favourite singers, Bob Schneider (who we urge you to check out). Perhaps this is the Austin sound: tight, crisp and with all the fat cut off. Austin is a city of musicians and we guess standards are high, and there’s no tolerance of superfluous extras. The album opens in acoustic mode with the title track, a subtle folky tune in which Englishman Long sounds his most American, like a bearded soulful veteran from the Heartlands. There’s some nice organ in there and the organ continues into track two, Cold Hearted Love Of Mine, a straightforward sad song about a broken heart. (Long plays guitar and sings, producer Mark Hallman plays that organ as well bass and drums, harmonica, piano and accordion). Track three like I’m Not Going Out Tonight picks up the pace of the record, a catchy hook tune with a more assertive vocal tone somewhere close to Steve Earle. Treat Me Like A Stranger is a crisp acoustic track; slower, with some nicely picked acoustic guitar and lap steel from Hallman That’s about it, really: tracks based on acoustic guitar with a sound that varies from the more introspective Elliott Smith sound, to livelier tracks with a Steve Earle/country sound. You could also compare him to the likes of Cohen/Dylan or Calexico/Iron and Wine. Lyrically, he’s a bit of poet and the topics are both personal and tackle broad issues. The title track is perhaps about the danger of thinking (“No-one can ever find the answers” he sings before noting: “We’ve unchained a monster/That left me feeling unwell”). Cold Hearted Love Of Mine is . . . well, guess: “She don’t think she’s wrong, she just thinks it’s easy/Somebody should let her know that I shouldn’t be the one”. Other songs deal with wider issues, the most vitriolic being Kill Someone, about a lying, feckless racist preaching hate: “He’s fighting for justice and praying for God/While he misspells his name”.
Powerful lyrics, talented songwriter. Make some room, Frank Turner.
"This week's top-selling albums by new or developing acts, defined as those who have never appeared on the top 100 of the Billboard 200 or the top 10 of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Country Albums, Latin Albums, Christian Albums or Gospel Albums. If a title reaches any of those levels, it and the act's subsequent albums are then ineligible to appear on Heatseekers Albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen Music."
Bobby Long's "Ode To Thinking" debuts at #23 on Billboard's Heetseekers Album chart for the week of August 19, 2015. This is due to the successful efforts of his recent Pledge Music Drive a fan supported endeavor.
Thank you to all of Bobby's fans who have continuously supported Bobby over the last year and helping get him to this point. Let's not stop here, keep sharing with other music lovers about this wonderful album. Gift it to a friend, so we can keep him moving up the charts. If you haven't downloaded the record yet, please do so.
He not only has a great accent, but an even better voice! Musician Bobby Long has gone from pursuing his dreams on the London open mic scene to anticipating the release last week of his new album, ODE TO THINKING. In support of the release, he will tour the U.S. and Europe, including a show at Radio Radio in Indianapolis on Wednesday, August 19. But first, he stopped by the Indy Style studios to chat with Tracy and perform two songs from his new album. Tonight’s show is at 9 p.m., and you can learn more at www.futureshock.net.
Twenty-nine-year-old Bobby Long has released an album that is wise beyond his years. Ode to Thinking is a soulful collection of Americana/folk tracks that features traces of Long’s musical heroes: Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.
The opening title track is the perfect combination of sweet soul and country twang. The two genres continue to be interchangeable and impeccably executed through the entirety of the album.
Long’s third track, “I’m Not Going Out Tonight,” could have been influenced by Garth Brooks and sounds like honest country. Meanwhile, “Something Blue” showcases Long’s soulful voice and deep lyrics. The juxtaposition of the two cousin genres is a unique feature of Ode to Thinking.
The 11-track album was recorded in Austin, Texas over a two-week period during the fall of 2014. “It is incredibly gratifying that so many people wanted to help me make the new record,” Long said. “ This community has been with me every step of the journey.”
Overall, Ode to Thinking combines sweet guitar, poetic lyrics and unique, singsong vocals to tell a true story of American music.
Bobby had an opportunity to stop by Louisville radio station WFPK this afternoon. He sat in with Matt Anthony to talk about his new album "Ode to Thinking" and current tour and show tonight at the Zanzabar in Louisville. Here are photos from today's session.
This morning before heading out on the road to his next show. Bobby had a chance to stop by the Adam and Jayson morning show on Lightning 100 Nashville's Independent Radio and speak with them about his album release, tour and more... Here are few photos from the event.