Thanks so much for looking at my website and a belated happy new year. There will be a lot of new announcements and developments over the next few months. Most importantly, I am about to start recording my new album. If any have you have been to any of my shows over the last few months, i have been playing new songs and I’m really excited. I will also be announcing more shows shortly so keep an eye out.
Wednesday, August 6 The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, August 16 Rough Trade, Brooklyn
Wednesday, October 15 Eddie’s Attic, Atlanta, GA
Thursday, October 16 The Melting Point, Athens, GA (Songwriter in the Round night)
Sunday, October 19 The Bottletree, Birmingham, AL
Tuesday, October 21 The Rutledge, Nashville, TN
Friday, November 7 The Linda, Albany, NY
Sunday, November 16 Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara, CA
Devil Moon devil moon, shows its face too soon at a hopeless time fast old road, shut down in the winter cold at a quiet time threw out my back, tending another crack on the picket line the sweetest wind blows through my darling’s clothes when I’m inside
I just wanted to say I hope you enjoy this little book of mine. I really enjoyed the whole process of writing it, and it’s a bizarre and lovely feeling holding it in my hands.
As you may know, it took about 6 months of organizing, editing and sweat and tears for it to be ready, but it’s been worth it. I really would like to thank Sharon and Stuart for being so heavily involved and for showing it some love and care, and also my friend Ben who did the amazing drawings and the great cover photo is by William Waldron. Like every creative project, you’re so reliant on your team of people so without all of them this wouldn’t have happened or been a bunch of notes on the toilet wall or something to that extreme.
Thank you so much for your constant support of me, and I hope to see you all at a show coming up when my new album is released very soon.
Though England is his place of birth, the songs found on Bobby Long’s forthcoming sophomore album, Wishbone, are redolent with pieces of Americana. They were composed in New York City, a place he feels more at home than he ever did while living in his native country, and the album itself was brought to life on the other coast, recorded with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Old Crow Medicine Show) in Los Angeles. “New York has shandy print on everything I do,” explains Long, “but there’s a Californian tint or energy on this album.”
Four years ago Long made the move to the states to live among the streets and visit the places he’d read about while composing his university thesis on the social impact of American folk music. A student of the craft on a musical and intellectual level, Long’s reverence for American music runs deep, with influences ranging from country greats like Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb, to folk singers Woody Guthrie and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and modern day luminaries like Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith. As such, Long was especially honored to use Smith’s guitar and amp while recording Wishbone, the gear generously lent by Rob Schnapf, Smith’s long time producer who happened to be recording in the studio next door.
All of those individuals and more have provided Long inspiration over the years, but in particular on Wishbone Long looked toward artists like Neil Young and their ability to re-invent themselves time and again as solo acts or with band in tow, even while risking alienating fans. The album title Wishbone, as he explains, is a lyric from the song “Yesterday.” “It was one of the first songs I wrote for the record,” says Long, “and it was so different from everything I’d done to that point. I wanted to push myself and ‘Yesterday’ was a catalyst to build around writing wise.”
When it came time to record, Long took that same attitude with him into the studio. “I have no wish or want to make the same record twice,” says Long, “going into the second record I wanted to make sure I was open to new approaches and ideas from Ted and the musicians I was working with.” Along with Hutt, Long surrounded himself with a cast of accomplished players including Mark Stepro (Ben Kweller, Tim Easton) on drums, Chris Morrissey (Kweller, Mason Jennings) on bass, and Rich Hinman (Rosanne Cash, Rhett Miller) on guitar. “There was a great sense of community,” says Long, and the camaraderie that developed, and respect the musicians held for each other during the sessions, lent itself to an incredibly creative environment.
Another contributing factor to the differences evident between Wishbone and the debut A Winter Tale came with the logistics of the recording process. “On this record we had more time and were not recording live to tape,” says Long, “so I wanted to write more specific guitar parts and do my own harmonies.” At the same time Long was conscious of making sure a similar thread ran through every song on the album. With the extra time in the studio he was able to work through and become comfortable with 12 tracks from an original list of 40-plus compositions. It was an important aspect of the album-making process for Long, who though young in age, takes a long view towards musical history and deeply reveres the album as an art form and the ultimate expression a musician can put forth.
All of the consideration taken in writing and recording manifests itself in the songs that make up Long’s sophomore album Wishbone. He taps into a broader palate of emotions than he has on past releases, eschewing melancholy and eloquently channeling anger and frustration into gritty, hard-driving guitar parts that compliment his rough-hewn vocals on songs like “Blood In The Orchard” and “All My Brothers.” Steel guitar provides an apt counter balance, adding a hint of twang and drawn out expanse to the urgency put forth in the lyrics. Long still shows his softer side on numbers like the heart wrenching “In Your Way” and swaying ballad “My Parade.” Throughout the album he displays his deft control of melody and tone, well practiced over many years of prolific songwriting and live performances.
Long has come a good way from his early days playing open-mic nights in London. He now finds himself stepping into the pantheon of that grand musical history he so admires, gigging at major festivals like Bonnaroo, and impacting popular culture with performances on late night TV shows. Yet, with all these significant accomplishments, Long is far from content. “I’m looking forward to people hearing this album,” he says, “I think it will help people see that I’m not just a solo performer.” With Wishbone, listeners and fans will see a different side of Bobby Long, the restless musician always striving to grow and improve his craft while finding new avenues of expression.
The Backing Singer EP now available on tour exclusively at shows!
Featuring five brand new songs She Wears Green The Backing Singer These Boats The River is Long Where You Lay
The limited edition EP, available exclusively at shows, was recorded in a New York City church with producer Jesse Lauter (Low Anthem) and features guest vocals by The Secret Sisters, Cat Pierce (The Pierces) and singer/songwriter Dawn Landes. Of making the new EP, Long comments,
Bobby recently recorded a 5-song EP at a beautiful church in downtown Manhattan. Click here to view images from recording session. Make sure you keep an eye out for “The Backing Singer” being sold on tour this Fall. Happy Labor Day weekend!
Are you ready for 7 days of music, adventure, and relaxation on a Caribbean cruise? Bobby Long has been added to this year’s Cayamo Cruise, a “vibrant journey through song, where songwriters and their most passionate listeners are brought together on vacation.” This year’s cruise sets sail from Miami on February 5th and includes a host of great musicians including Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, John Prine, Richard Thompson, Lucinda Williams, The Belle Brigade, and many more. Visithttp://www.cayamo.com/ for complete event details.
Hey i just wanted to say hello. I have some downtime right now and i have been busy writing the 2nd record and im enjoying it. Its weird having some time off cos I have basically been out on the road for the last 2 years but i needed a break but ive also been doing a lot of festival’s too in-between. I recorded my ep 2 weeks ago with my friend and very talented producer Jesse Lauter (Low Anthem and Alela Diane).
We recorded in a day in a beautiful church with a very talented violin playing fello and im excited for it to come out. Im just picking the 5 tracks from the 7 to put on it right now and the name. I am also putting together my book thingy with the help of my publisher and my dear friend and incredible artist Ben Edge (from Thee Spivs) who is doing the illustrations.
I have some shows approaching mainly on the east coast that you should be able to see below on this website before i start off touring again in september. I also have Austin City Limits coming up which is gonna be amazing. My festival experiences have been nothing short of incredible and the responses and crowds have been amazing.
I am writing everyday and have been isolating myself so i just wanted to say thank you for all of your enthusiasm for “A Winter Tale” which has now been out 5 1/2 months. People coming to the shows and there passion has been really inspiring and is making my love of playing even more intense. I feel really lucky to have you all on my side.
Bobby Long’s track “Dead and Done” is featured on iTunes free DMB Caravan Sampler. The sampler also includes tracks from Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Dawes, Gomez, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Dr. Dog. Head over http://www.dmbcaravan.com/caravan-sampler/ for your free download. Don’t miss Bobby this Saturday at 4:15pm following Dave and Tim’s set on the Atlantic stage.
Bobby Long has been added to this year’s Bonnaroo lineup! The legendary festival is set to celebrate its 10th year in Manchester, TN from June 9th-12th, where Bobby will be playing the Bonnaroo Cafe Stage. Other artists include Eminem, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Widespread Panic, Mumford & Sons, and many more. Check back for performance date and time coming soon. Visit www.bonnaroo.com for complete festival details.
Bobby Long is the kick off artist for the new website 1band 1brand 1band 1brand introduces one band and one brand each week, and is currently featuring a name your own price five song sampler from Bobby Long.
It’s only fitting that the release of A Winter Tale coincides with a winter storm tearing across the US. Today might just be the perfect day to sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and take in these winter tales.
A Winter Tale, is available via full-album streams all this week on AOL Music and Soundcloud - featuring exclusive song introductions by Bobby.
Check out the official Bobby Long Music Store or CD, Digital Download (MP3), and Vinyl (2-LP set w/ 3 vinyl only bonus tracks) plus web-order exclusive t-shirt and 3 song live EP. The album is also available on iTunesand Amazon.
Don’t miss Bobby Long’s TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 3. Tune in this Thursday night at 11:35pm to catch the show on NBC!
Here are two new performances from Bobby’s show at Housing Works, NYC in December.
"Long is a master" - DAYTROTTER "Long’s emergence as an up-and-coming artist is the stuff Hollywood loves to make movies about. He continues to amaze audiences with a bare-bones sound reminiscent of early Bob Dylan." -POLLSTAR