On Friday, April 19, 2019 Bobby Long will be joining Burlington, Iowa radio station WBSD 89.1 for a LIVE performance. Please tune in at 2:00p CT to catch the broadcast. Bobby will also be playing that same evening at Café Carpe at 8:30pm. Tickets are still available by calling 920-563-9391.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Bobby Long will be joining Des Moines radio station KFMG 98.9 for a performance. Please tune in at 4:15p CT to catch the broadcast. Bobby will also be playing that same evening at the Gas Lamp at 8:00pm. Tickets are still available by selecting the link in tour dates.
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long, who has performed at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the Glastonbury Festival, comes to the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E 3rd St., Davenport, at 7 p.m. Thursday. The show is $21-plus. Tickets, $8, are available at eventbrite.com.
Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 East Third Street, Davenport IA
Lauded by AllMusic.com for his “emotionally charged voice and rich, melodic songwriting style,” British-born, New York-based singer/songwriter Bobby Long showcases his rock, folk, and Americana gifts as a Moeller Nights headliner on April 18, his latest album Sultan praised by The Hype magazine as a work that “pays homage to Sgt. Pepper’s-era Beatles in a wonderful way.”
Born in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, the 33-year-old Long moved to London in 2005 to attend London Metropolitan University, where he studied sound and media for film. A cellist, guitarist, and songwriter since the age of 18, he began playing open-mic nights at local clubs, meeting like-minded young musicians including Sam Bradley, Marcus Foster, and Robert Pattinson, whose career as an actor was just beginning. Long's career trajectory took a major leap when Pattinson performed the song “Let Me Sign,” co-written by Long and Foster, in the 2008 blockbuster Twilight, and after graduating from college in 2009, Long commenced to performing full-time.
A spring series of showcase dates introduced him to American audiences in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and, by July, he embarked on the well-received “Dangerous Summer” tour, playing to fans who first discovered his music via the Twilight soundtrack and pushed his MySpace page well over one million page views. He recorded the 10-song collection Dirty Pond Songs in his London bedroom, and the album's “Left to Lie” became an iTunes favorite, topping the site's “Unsigned” chart and reaching number-eight on its folk music chart. In 2010, Long recorded his first studio CD with Grammy-winning producer Liam Watson at Toe Rag Studios in London, and also released a collection of live performances from the Dangerous Summer 2009 tour. That collection's “My Darling Belle” went to number-two on iTunes' singer/songwriter chart, and the following year, Long's fame increased exponentially with performances at the Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Festivals and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Having subsequently released 2013's Wishbone and 2015's Ode to Thinking, Long is currently touring in support of his crowd-funded release Sultans, which pays homage to the artist's love for the Beatles – particularly the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album – and the variety of music he heard growing up in rural England. It also finds Long expanding on his spare, singer/songwriter arrangements for a more adventurous Beatles-esque sound that includes psychedelic flourishes, electric guitar, and keys. “Of course, I always feel that the new one is the best one,” says Long about Sultans, “but I feel pretty strongly about this one. The sounds of this record are the closest to what was in my imagination that I’ve come so far. I really love creating and writing. It feels as magical today as it did when I was a child.”
Bobby Long plays Davenport's Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel at 7 p.m. on April 18, admission is $8, and more information and tickets are available by visiting MoellerNights.com.
You guys know the book Misery by Stephen King, right? The one where a novelist is captured by a crazed superfan and forced to write her a novel while chained up in Colorado? Well, New York multi-genre singer-songwriter Bobby Long clearly has a penchant for King’s work, with his newest music video “Nautical” a gallows humor interpretation of said story - except in this case, Long plays the lunatic, capturing and imprisoning his friend and producer Jack Dawson. While the video is an entire production unto itself, its bleakly hilarious visuals - where Long forces Dawson to play a concert to a sordid collection of mannequins and goats - repurpose the normally heartfelt lyricism of “Nautical” to comic effect; particularly, the tune’s chorus of “I’ll be alone with you” reads entirely differently in its new context. I won’t spoil its ending; watch the video below, and be sure to check out the rest of Long’s most recent studio effort, SULTANS, out now on Compass Records. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)
Bobby Long's "Nautical" video from his latest release "Sultans" will be featured on Memphis based Ditty TV this upcoming Wednesday April 3rd at 10:00 pm, and again on Thursday April 4th at 10:00am on the Curve. Please tune and watch for Bobby's video.
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CHARLIE OVERBEY – SLIP AWAY FT. MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS - DEBUT JADE BIRD – I GET NO JOY BOBBY LONG – NAUTICAL - DEBUT LARKIN POE – HARD TIME KILLING FLOOR BLUES ALRIGHT ALRIGHT – THE LIAR - DEBUT HAYES CARLL – TIMES LIKE THESE BRAD SAMPLE – SOMETHING ABOUT WHISKEY (LIVE) - DEBUT SAVANNAH CONLEY – NEVER BE OURSELVES (LIVE) TED RUSSELL KAMP – HEART UNDER PRESSURE - DEBUT RUBY BOOTS – DON’T TALK ABOUT IT BRAD BYRD – THAT GREAT FEELING - DEBUT
This past week Bobby Long performed at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA. Photographer John McNicholas captured some nice shots of Bobby's performance. Please select a photo or source below to see the full set of photos.
New York, by way of England, singer songwriter Bobby Long has turned in a strong, vulnerable record for his fourth effort, Sultans. Spanning 10 tracks, Long channels everyone from Elliott Smith and Al Green to Dylan for an emotional, at times soulful journey that covers the themes of all great folk artist: love, lost love and the inevitable heartache, the staples of a great soundtrack for the lonely.
Far from being just another record in the Sad Bastard cannon of music, Long’s shrewd lyrics help him stand out from others just peddling simple break up songs. Not every song here is perfect; Occasionally, he comes off as a little too earnest (like on “Crazy”), but for every misstep, there are three or four more smartly-written tracks, like “Nautical” or “Goodbye” that make up for the stumble.
The record open with “Sultans I” and closes on the expansive “Sultans II” tying the album together nicely.
Bobby Long – Sultans/10 tracks/Compass Records/2019 /Facebook /