By Brian Carroll
Posted April 22, 2016
I remember the first time I heard Bobby Long. My wife had dragged me out to a show, one of the bands she loved. A fairly unassuming gent took the stage and once I heard that voice I was completely hooked. Heart and emotion through this gruff and grit that really said something even if you spoke a totally different language, you could hear and feel the passion in his voice. His latest release is no different, with a keen focus on the songs at their core and mixing in varying degrees of rock, folk, and something that is all his own. The dude bleeds charisma on stage and it is present in his songs. There is just a vibe that latches on and hooks you in for the long haul.
The vinyl release “Ode” was just released (on March 4), even though Ode to Thinking came out last summer, and Long has plans to publish a second book of poetry in the coming months. The songwriter will be in town at Club Passim on May 7th, and I highly suggest picking up some tickets right now.
RLR: Ode to Thinking seems to be a long awaited record. In the liner notes I read that it was recorded in Austin back in 2014. So why the delay in getting it “out there”?
BL: We were able to make a deal with a label (Compass Records) to release it, so tt was just pushed back to fit in with a tour and to give it the best chance of being successful. I could do a record every year, but with the music industry today you only get one shot to make an impact so timing is essential. I have released three records in the last 6 years so you aim to have one out every 2 years.
RLR: So, what does the songwriting process look like for you? Are you a “sit down with the intention of writing” type, or of the ‘collecting ideas and verses over time and Frankenstein together a song’ methodology? Or something completely different?
BL: It depends. I try to write every day and make it a part of my work routine. I’m starting to change it up and bank ideas and work on them at a later date, which is working well right now.
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Tickets to Club Passim available here...