By Jennifer Barry
Posted August, 3 2015
After buying every EP and LP, attending more than a handful of shows, and even interviewing the man, I was pretty sure I knew Bobby Long the musician and wordsmith. As was the case before Wishbone (Long’s sophomore full-length effort) was released, I was wrong.
Following the rock-driven Devil Moon, Blood in the Orchard, and Yesterday Yesterday from Wishbone, I expected him to announce his presence with raucous riffs as he blazed into the first song. Instead, Ode to Thinking begins with delicate, dexterous acoustic guitar and tender voice. In with a whisper, the chorus, supported by his own backing vocals, swells at just the right rate, draws in the listener (who may very well still be recovering from the shock of the quiet), and sets the hooks deep.
His scarred tenor slips right into the second track, Cold Hearted Lover of Mine. This is the country heartbreak song Nashville has been waiting for since country went pop. The driving tempo then crashes in with I’m Not Going Out Tonight, the rock I expected when I first hit the
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