Bobby Long serenades Mercury Lounge 

Pancakes and Whiskey
By Tom Shackleford
Posted Jan 12, 2016
 

Photo by Lesley Keller


Amongst a packed room full of mostly fawning women, a solo guitarist by the name of Bobby Long took the stage for the early Saturday night show at Mercury Lounge. Most concerts I usually attend are loud enough that you typically don’t hear all the women in the audience conversing back and forth on how much they love the artist. Although maybe at this point I’ve just stopped noticing all together. One couldn’t help but hear it however during Bobby’s solo acoustic set on Saturday night, where the English guitarist filled the room and sensual desires of most in the room.

Local singer-songwriter Matt Sucich loosened up the crowd first. Matt’s own charismatic style of acoustic guitar playing was good enough to headline an early Saturday night on his own, and his time will come, but this was Bobby’s night- just ask any of the women in the room.

The headliner took the stage sporting jeans, boots, a t-shirt, and some carefree hairstyle, typical guitarist right? Blending a mix of folk, Americana, and traditional singer-songwriter, Long takes a mix of easy-going chord progressions, more complex finger picking styles, and throws it together with lyrics of love, disappointment, and great storytelling to make for even better songs.
 
What’s isn’t so typical is his talented way of presenting his solo acoustic material to shine and dance on it’s own with no accompaniment- not an easy task for any performer for an entire set. Long had no trouble doing so while playing a mix of songs from his new album, Ode To Thinking. Early on in the set he treated his guests to the newer material including “Cold Hearted Lover Of Mine,” “Ode To Thinking,” “Treat Me Like A Stranger,” and waltz-like ballad in “The Songs The Kids Sings.”

Free At Noon Flashback: Bobby Long brings intimate power to World Cafe Live 

The Key
By Sean Fennell
Posted Jan 8, 2016

Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Bobby Long is a singer-songwriter who does not forget where he came from, and that was on full display this afternoon at World Cafe Live. Whether it was his many quips about his birthplace in England or the credit he gave to XPN’s Dan Reed for playing his music before anyone else was giving it radio play, Long not only plays roots folk with the skill of a veteran but constantly remembers and acknowledges his own roots. 

As with his previous appearance for Free at Noon, Long found himself on stage with just a guitar. This would be a daunting approach for someone less seasoned, but Long handled the intimacy wonderfully. Not only did he perform with a visceral power that could be felt even in the set’s quietest moments, but created an instant rapport with the attentive audience with the easily-accessible banter of a seasoned vet. 

The set featured mostly new songs off of his newest record Ode to Thinking which was released back in August via Compass Records, including the titular single and the much more reserved rumination on Long’s childhood “The Song the Kids Sings.” Long also threw it back with XPN favorite “Who Have You Been Loving” from 2011′s A Winter Tale.  

Long will be back at World Cafe Live on January 14 with fellow singer-songwriter Lily Mae; for more information on that show or to grab tickets you can head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen back to the Free at Noon and check out a photo gallery here.

Setlist 
Cold Hearted Lover of Mine 
Ode to Thinking 
Treat Me Like a Stranger 
The Song the Kids Sing 
Who Have You Been Loving 
Kill Someone 
Something Blue, Something Borrowed 
I’m Not Going Out Tonight

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Bobby Long takes his simple Songwriting Cues from Hemingway and Camus 

Village Voice
By Dacey Orr
Posted Jan 7, 2016


"New York has always been, I think for a lot of English people, depicted in films as a real romantic place to visit," says England-bred, New York–based Bobby Long. The singer-songwriter, calling the Voice from holiday abroad, knows something about big-screen depictions and their real-life counterparts. Early successes in his career included song placements in movies like Twilight, and his affinity for open-mic nights as a young artist in London and then New York has yielded a strength on intimate stages and an intensity that transcends the screen. 

As an artist whose work has been employed to complement visual narratives, it’s hardly surprising that his early material is rife with literary references, too: His ATO Records debut was an EP named after Albert Camus’s The Stranger, while his longstanding appreciation for Ernest Hemingway lends a minimalism to his writing.  

“When you read a really good book, you kind of live within it for a little while,” he says. “You look at The Old Man and the Sea and The Stranger and they’re pretty short books, really. They’re not long-winded and they’re down to earth, which I think is an incredibly gifted skill set to have.”   

There are parallels between Long’s lyrics and traditional poetry, whether the works are pulled overtly from literature or from Long’s own experiences. Metaphor and simile abound as wrens, rooks, and blackbirds populate a night that “rests like a hammer blow” in fan favorite “Being a Mockingbird,” a sonically unembellished track from 2011’s A Winter Tale. 

“Looking at Hemingway’s poetry, it’s really simple. It’s poignant and he doesn’t let any kerfuffle get in the way of his writing,” says Long. “Camus has that skill set, too: He’s not going to spend hours describing a windowsill. He wants to get right to the meat of it.”

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Bobby Long Ditty TV Throwback Thursdays 

Ditty TV
Rebroadcast


 

Americana Roots Music TV will be airing a re-broadcast of Bobby Long recent concert in it's entirety on their Throwback Thursdays.  The performance will air Thursday, January 7th at 7:30pm CST. Please click on the photo below to view the program.

Bobby Long Kicks Off 2016 with New Shows 

Leighton Media
Posted January 5, 2016


BOBBY LONG KICKS OFF 2016 WITH NEW SHOWS & NEW SINGLE FROM CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED "ODE TO THINKING"ALBUM

U.S.-based British singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Long begins the New Year with a new single from his critically-acclaimed album ODE TO THINKING and a series of newly-announced shows. "Ode to Thinking," the title track from the album, arrives at radio this week, accompanied by a creative lyric video for the song. 

Long will launch the new single when he appears on WXPN Radio's first "Free At Noon" broadcast of 2016 live from Philadelphia this Friday, January 8, from 12Noon to 1:00PM eastern time. It can be streamed live at www.xpn.org 

Recorded in Austin, TX, the ODE TO THINKING CD is a taut collection of 11 original songs, produced by veteran producer Mark Hallman at his Congress House Studios.  It was funded by pledges from fans and music supporters via PledgeMusic and released in August by Compass Records. 

The lyric video for the new single "Ode to Thinking" is a collaboration between Long and his good friend New York-based British photographer Jamie Strachan (http://jstrachan.tumblr.com/), whose stark, sometimes disturbing black and white images of everyday life are the perfect complement to Long's plaintive lyrics. Strachan's images also grace the cover of ODE TO THINKING. The two friends mined Strachan's portfolio for images to create the lyric video, which was painstakingly edited by Nashville-based video director Casey McBride.  The result is a visual feast that conveys the elements of despair and hopelessness found in the song's lyrics, of which Long says: "This song was written out of a sense of frustration about how simple things actually can be.  It's more socially conscious than other songs I've written, but its sad irony is that I'm merely commentating from an ivory tower without offering any real solutions."

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Upcoming Tour Dates: 

January 9-Mercury Lounge, New York City 

January 14-World Café Live, Philadelphia 

January 24-Club Passim, Boston 

February 17-Folk Alliance Conference showcase, Kansas City 

February 28-Tractor Tavern, Seattle 

February 29-Mississippi Studios, Portland 

March 1-Hotel Utah Saloon, San Francisco 

March 3-Hotel Café, Los Angeles


 
 

Bobby Long Live on WXPN Free at Noon  

WXPN Radio
Posted January 4, 2016
 

Hear a Free At Noon Concert at 12noon ET from WXPN. Broadcast from the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Bobby Long performs a live midday concert on Friday 8, 2016.   If you would like to attend the performance please click on the link below for more information. This is a free event.


AFFIF Independent Film Festival  

AFFIF The 2015 Independent Film Festival recently awarded the winners of their 2015 film  festival.


And the winner is...
For Original Music for the film - See Seven States from Rock City, a film by Stephanie Jane Markham. Music from Bobby Long and Stephanie Jane Markham.
Bobby's songs In Ashes and The Dark Won't Get Darker we're featured in the film. Congratulations on the  win.




 

Bobby Long Online Store  

Bobby has recently opened a new online store to purchase new and rare items. If you haven't had a chance to check out the items available please head over by clicking on the photo below.  The newest item for sale his Bobby's new T-Shirt in celebration of the recent vinyl release for "Ode". This is the first time the shirt has been available. Purchase your shirt before Bobby's upcoming shows in 2016 and send us your photos wearing them, we would love to showcase Bobby's fans showing off their new Bobby wear. Email here...

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  • melissa

    melissa

    Thank you so much for updating this site and compiling all of these excellent interviews/ articles/ performances. It makes fans who live far far away very happy ;-) Also, the new album is amazing. Thanks, Bobby! xx Mel

    Thank you so much for updating this site and compiling all of these excellent interviews/ articles/ performances. It makes fans who live far far away very happy ;-) Also, the new album is amazing. Thanks, Bobby!
    xx
    Mel

  • Tonia

    Tonia Portland, Me

    Tonia, I'm sure Bobby will be back to the New England area soon. After hearing a lot of the new album at your show in Portsmouth, I am now dying from anticipation!! Also we would like another show somewhere in New England. Sooner rather then later, please! 😉

    Tonia, I'm sure Bobby will be back to the New England area soon.

    After hearing a lot of the new album at your show in Portsmouth, I am now dying from anticipation!! Also we would like another show somewhere in New England. Sooner rather then later, please! 😉

  • Crystal Barajas

    Crystal Barajas Louisville, KY

    Just booked a spontaneous trip to NYC with my sister in law and hoping you book a show for the weekend we are there 2/26-3/1. It's on my bucket list to see you in NYC!

    Just booked a spontaneous trip to NYC with my sister in law and hoping you book a show for the weekend we are there 2/26-3/1. It's on my bucket list to see you in NYC!

  • Jan

    Jan Toronto

    hope you're back in Toronto soon! Missed the last show....

    hope you're back in Toronto soon! Missed the last show....

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Kentucky

    Bobby, I look forward to seeing you in Nashville and I'm excited for the album release! Best wishes and God speed to you sweetheart!

    Bobby, I look forward to seeing you in Nashville and I'm excited for the album release! Best wishes and God speed to you sweetheart!

  • Tonia

    Tonia Portland,Me USA

    Also you were so right about Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I'm now obsessed. Great show @ The State Theatre in Portland Maine. Hope you come back soon.

    Also you were so right about Rodrigo Y Gabriela. I'm now obsessed. Great show @ The State Theatre in Portland Maine. Hope you come back soon.

  • Tonia

    Tonia Portland,Me USA

    I spend far too much time searching YouTube with great hope that the fan somewhere has captured a new song. Too my delight I came a crossed Wishes. Love it. Hope it makes the cut for the new album. Can't wait.

    I spend far too much time searching YouTube with great hope that the fan somewhere has captured a new song. Too my delight I came a crossed Wishes. Love it. Hope it makes the cut for the new album. Can't wait.

  • melissa

    melissa still in southeast asia

    merry christmas, bobby thanks so much for the christmas song. it's lovely. looking forward to new music from you in the new year and hoping this is the year i finally get to see you again. it's been nearly 3 years! peace- xx

    merry christmas, bobby
    thanks so much for the christmas song. it's lovely. looking forward to new music from you in the new year and hoping this is the year i finally get to see you again. it's been nearly 3 years! peace-
    xx

  • EmmersIsHere

    EmmersIsHere Australia!

    Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to Bobby Long and everyone! Thanks for the music, the Christmas song is great! When are you comming back to Aus? We promise not to mention the Ashes... much. Cheers!

    Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to Bobby Long and everyone! Thanks for the music, the Christmas song is great! When are you comming back to Aus? We promise not to mention the Ashes... much. Cheers!

  • melissa

    melissa southeast asia, baby!

    would be so very merry if bobby covered another holiday song. that was so fun last year. it wouldn't need to be a whole poll thing since everyone is so busy. he could just pick one that he likes, cos we know he knows them all already! x

    would be so very merry if bobby covered another holiday song. that was so fun last year. it wouldn't need to be a whole poll thing since everyone is so busy. he could just pick one that he likes, cos we know he knows them all already! x