By Andrew Nowell
Posted July 24, 2015
A SINGER-songwriter’s new album may have been born in the USA but he says Wigan is very much home.
Bobby Long, who lived in the borough until he was six and still has family in Swinley and Orrell, travelled from his home in New York to Texas to record third album Ode To Thinking.
Bobby’s family left Wigan for Wiltshire and he then made his way Stateside after studying at London Metropolitan University.
His latest album sees him strip back the sound of previous recordings to concentrate on his voice and guitar, while he says the studio in Austin allowed him to subtly absorb some of the state’s
Despite the trans-Atlantic setting and influences, which started aged 11 when his dad Chris introduced him to blues, Bobby says it is the north of England which still feels like home to him. Bobby, 29, said: “I’ve got more family ties to Wigan than anywhere else and whenever I go back it feels like home. “I really like the place, it feels like a home base. I love the people and I’m also a rugby league fan and like to go to a game when I’m here.“It definitely influences my music and in particular my lyrics, especially with the northern sense of humour I was brought up with.”
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