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New UK Shows added to Ode to Thinking Tour 

Four new shows have been added to Bobby Long's Ode To Thinking European leg of the tour. Tuesday, November 3rd at Hare and Hounds Birmingham, Wednesday, November 4th at the Night and Day Cafe in Manchester, Thursday November 5th at King Tuts, Glasgow Scotland and Friday November 6th at the Borderline in London. Tickets for all dates go on sale this Friday, July 10th. Tickets can be purchased at the links listed below.

























Cause Celeb: Long wields guitar against mental illness 

Giive.org
By Colin Newton
Posted July 2, 2015
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.


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Bobby Long's Weekend at Glastonbury 

Bobby played for the first time at the famed Glastonbury Festival on Saturday June 28. Several photos have surfaced of his time at the festival along side friend Alex Starling and his band The Ghosts. We thank all who have contributed in capturing the moments during the festival.
 

 








 

 

Bobby Long's New Album Streets August 7th 

Grateful Web
Posted June 9, 2015
Submitted by W3 Public Relations
 

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.


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Bobby Long Preps New Album Ode to Thinking  

Guitar World
Posted June 4, 2015
By Acoustic Nation

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.

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Pollstar - Bobby Long's Thinking Tour 

Pollstar
Posted June 4, 2015
By Jay Smith
 
Bobby Long returns to the open road come August with a coast-to-coast tour in support of his new album.  With a gig at Glastonbury planned for later this month, the British singer/songwriter launches his latest U.S. adventure on the West Coast in early August.

Arriving August 7, Long’s third album, Ode To Thinking, will be released via Nashville-based Compass Records.  Long recently signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the label for distribution of the new CD.

 “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 said.  “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.”

Recorded last fall, Long’s new LP was produced by Mark Hallman at his Congress House Studios at his congress House Studios.

“We worked so fast,” Long said about the recording of Ode To Thinking.  “We recorded 14 songs in 11 days which is kind of unheard of really.  Mark plays so many different instruments – drums, bass, piano – so he has everything at his fingertips, and he really understands what it takes to make a good sounding record.  It felt like a special time recording it.”

Long turned to PledgeMusic to crowdfund Ode To Thinking.  Along with pre-ordering the disc, fans could opt for tiers that included specially designed T-shirts, private shows, handwritten poems and lyrics, resulting in the album hitting the fully funded mark in four weeks.

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Compass Records Announces Bobby Long Ode to Thinking 

Compass Records
Posted June 3, 2015

"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.

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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.


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Bobby Long to perform at Glastonbury Festival 

It has just been announced Bobby will be performing at the very popular Glastonbury Festival on Saturday June 27th. Bobby will be at the Acoustic Stage at 12:50pm. This is exciting news, and will no doubt be leading to more tour news very soon. Stay tuned for more information.


 
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  • Tonia

    Tonia Portland, Me

    Tonia, I'm sure Bobby will be back to the New England area soon. After hearing a lot of the new album at your show in Portsmouth, I am now dying from anticipation!! Also we would like another show somewhere in New England. Sooner rather then later, please! 😉
    Tonia, I'm sure Bobby will be back to the New England area soon.

    After hearing a lot of the new album at your show in Portsmouth, I am now dying from anticipation!! Also we would like another show somewhere in New England. Sooner rather then later, please! 😉
  • Crystal Barajas

    Crystal Barajas Louisville, KY

    Just booked a spontaneous trip to NYC with my sister in law and hoping you book a show for the weekend we are there 2/26-3/1. It's on my bucket list to see you in NYC!
    Just booked a spontaneous trip to NYC with my sister in law and hoping you book a show for the weekend we are there 2/26-3/1. It's on my bucket list to see you in NYC!
  • Jan

    Jan Toronto

    hope you're back in Toronto soon! Missed the last show....
    hope you're back in Toronto soon! Missed the last show....
  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Kentucky

    Bobby, I look forward to seeing you in Nashville and I'm excited for the album release! Best wishes and God speed to you sweetheart!
    Bobby, I look forward to seeing you in Nashville and I'm excited for the album release! Best wishes and God speed to you sweetheart!
  • Tonia

    Tonia Portland,Me USA

    Also you were so right about Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I'm now obsessed. Great show @ The State Theatre in Portland Maine. Hope you come back soon.
    Also you were so right about Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I'm now obsessed. Great show @ The State Theatre in Portland Maine. Hope you come back soon.
  • Tonia

    Tonia Portland,Me USA

    I spend far too much time searching YouTube with great hope that the fan somewhere has captured a new song. Too my delight I came a crossed Wishes. Love it. Hope it makes the cut for the new album. Can't wait.
    I spend far too much time searching YouTube with great hope that the fan somewhere has captured a new song. Too my delight I came a crossed Wishes. Love it. Hope it makes the cut for the new album. Can't wait.
  • mel

    mel still in southeast asia

    merry christmas, bobby thanks so much for the christmas song. it's lovely. looking forward to new music from you in the new year and hoping this is the year i finally get to see you again. it's been nearly 3 years! peace- xx
    merry christmas, bobby
    thanks so much for the christmas song. it's lovely. looking forward to new music from you in the new year and hoping this is the year i finally get to see you again. it's been nearly 3 years! peace-
    xx
  • EmmersIsHere

    EmmersIsHere Australia!

    Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to Bobby Long and everyone! Thanks for the music, the Christmas song is great! When are you comming back to Aus? We promise not to mention the Ashes... much. Cheers!
    Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to Bobby Long and everyone! Thanks for the music, the Christmas song is great! When are you comming back to Aus? We promise not to mention the Ashes... much. Cheers!
  • mel

    mel southeast asia, baby!

    would be so very merry if bobby covered another holiday song. that was so fun last year. it wouldn't need to be a whole poll thing since everyone is so busy. he could just pick one that he likes, cos we know he knows them all already! x
    would be so very merry if bobby covered another holiday song. that was so fun last year. it wouldn't need to be a whole poll thing since everyone is so busy. he could just pick one that he likes, cos we know he knows them all already! x
  • Rebecca

    Rebecca Ky.

    I just wanted to say thanks to all of the awesome work that goes into creating this site. Due to limited funds and traveling expenses I haven't been able to attend any recent events. I have been a fan of Bobby's for quite sometime. I love to come here and catch up on recent events.This site always makes me smile! Great work to whomever deserves the credit! P.s. Get some rest Bobby! You are only human x. :)
    I just wanted to say thanks to all of the awesome work that goes into creating this site. Due to limited funds and traveling expenses I haven't been able to attend any recent events. I have been a fan of Bobby's for quite sometime. I love to come here and catch up on recent events.This site always makes me smile! Great work to whomever deserves the credit! P.s. Get some rest Bobby! You are only human x. smile
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