Today, Bobby announced his upcoming Annual Holiday Concert through Concert Window. The event will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT. This is a pay per view event, make sure to register early. Please click on the photo below to take you to the event.
U.S. Tour Kicks Off at City Winery Loft in New York City
U.S.-based British singer-songwriter Bobby Long’s love of The Beatles is evident on his forthcoming new album SULTANS, due from Compass Records on March 1, 2019. The two-part title track that bookends this, his fourth album, playfully pays homage to Sgt. Pepper and the music Long heard at home growing up in rural southwest England, while this taut new 10-song set of original material effectively traverses Long’s signature love, loss and heartache milieu.
Long emerged from London’s folk music open mic night scene in 2009. Armed with a canon of hauntingly poetic songs and some notoriety for one of them being included in the hit film Twilight, he relocated to New York and laid down roots there. His critically-acclaimed debut album A Winter Tale (2011) was followed by the more rock-oriented Wishbone (2013). He returned to his singer-songwriter roots for the evocative Ode to Thinking (2015), and now SULTANS takes a somewhat more adventurous path.
“The songs on this album are a definite continuation and development,” Long explains. “It’s about the whole body of work for me. It’s all part of the greater. I don’t think you can define anyone by one album. When you’re recording, you always have the greater picture in your head. Your imagination runs over the tracks, and they take all sorts of weird forms. The sounds of this record are the closest to what was in my imagination that I’ve come on a record.”
SULTANS was produced by multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson with whom Long had collaborated and toured with on behalf of his 2012 EP The Backing Singer. It was recorded over a one year period in a studio in Brooklyn. With Long on guitar, Dawson also played bass on the tracks while studio engineer Dave Lindsay played drums.
“Jack and I have a shared love of so much music, and we would talk endlessly about records we love,” Long explains. “Jack, like myself, is a feel guy so we were never too picky about tone or instruments. The album is basically a reflection of our friendship and love of songs. Jack really added his own colours and personality to the album, and it’s definitely the best thing I’ve ever done. Of course, I always feel that the new one is the best one, but I feel pretty strongly about this one. I really love creating and writing. It feels as magical today as it did when I was a child.”
Photo by Jeff Fasano
Track List for SULTANS:
10. Sultans II
Bobby Long is set for a U.S. tour in support of SULTANS. Initial dates scheduled are as follows:
This Sunday, Bobby will be performing at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY at 7:00pm. The show is being sponsored by WEXT Radio who is a big supporter of Bobby's music. Tickets are still available by clicking here. If you live out of the area and are unable to make the show and wish you were closer, your in luck, Caffe Lena will be broadcasting LIVE on Concert Window. You can pre-purchase your tickets by clicking on the Concert Window image. Bobby is also taking requests in preparation for his performance, so if there is a particular song you would like to hear, please either send him a message through his Facebook page, or via Twitter. Then tune in on Sunday night 7PM ET, 5PM CT and 4PM PT.
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long has scheduled a series of shows through to the end of the year as plans are being finalized for the release of his fourth album. Kicking off the run of shows will be his Official Showcase at the annual AmericanaFest in Nashville on Thursday, September 13 at the City Winery.
The new album of original material was recorded in New York over the past year and was funded by his second successful PledgeMusic campaign. Collaborating with New York-based musician Jack Dawson, with whom he worked on his 2011 EP,
THE BACKING SINGER, the new album promises to comprise a diverse collection of styles and songs. "I think it's the best thing I've done, but then again, I always feel like the new one is the best one I've ever done. It is a lot more psychedelic than my previous records and influenced by The Beach Boys, The Beatles and ELO," he explains.
The Bobby Long catalogue to date includes three full CDs--the most recent of which is ODE THINKING from Compass Records--and an EP as well as two collections of poetry: Losing My Brotherhood, published in 2012, and Losing My Misery, published in 2016. Known for his hauntingly poetic lyrics, writing poetry is a natural sidebar to his songwriting. Losing My Misery, infused with candor, raw emotion and his signature wry humor, is at once brash, funny and heartbreaking, exposing the writer's foibles as well as his poignant insights into the human condition.
When it comes to writing, he makes it clear that he needs to work at songwriting and poetry as separate crafts, but, he says, "I feel like a better songwriter after I write poetry."
New Show Announcement! Bobby will be returning to Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY Sunday, November 11,2018. Tickets are now on sale (click on the photo or check tour dates for more information. The show will be hosted by WEXT Radio. Stay tuned for viewing options outside of NY.
Bobby Long was born in Wigan near Manchester, grew up in Wiltshire, and, at eighteen, moved to London. Years later, in 2008, one of the songs he wrote on made its way onto the “Twilight” soundtrack. A year later, Bobby moved to the United States and his career has taken off ever since. Bobby Long recorded with ATO records, toured with bands such as Iron and Wine, and performed at festivals, such as Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. He moved over to Compass Records for his last album “Ode To Thinking,” which was made possible by a hugely successful PledgeMusic Campaign, receiving support from over 750 pledgers. In between albums, Bobby also wrote two poetry books. Now, when he is not too busy singing “Moana” songs to his son, Bobby finds himself recording a new record and still playing gigs. Bobby Long lived in London when Sofar Sounds started there, but played his first show on Long Island, where he said “everyone here is as normal as me,” which he loved. Songs to check out are “Serpentine,” “Nautical,” and “Maserati,” which will be released on his new record.
This past Saturday, Bobby had the pleasure of performing to a very receptive audience at Sofar Sounds Long Island. Sofar brings music fans and artists in an intimate setting for a true music experience. Thank you to Craig at Sofar for sharing this photo of the artists who played that evening.Left to Right Marielle Kraft, Syke from 106.1 WBLI Radio who emceed the event, Zak Reyes, Bobby and Craig Cosgrove of Long Island Sofar Sounds @thatguycraig_ on Instagram.
Bobby has been asked to perform at an intimate gathering for Sofar Sounds in Long Island, NY on Friday, August 24th. The Sofar Sounds intimate concerts are always at a secret location, which you must request to be added to their special invites. Sofar Sounds brings music fans and artists together for a rare and one of a kind experience. Bobby has performed at various Sofar Sounds around the world to rave reviews. If your interested in more information please head to the Sofar Sounds Long Island website.
Awesome new 3 date FREE music series on the sand at Volente Beach Resort. Just steps from the emerald green water of Lake Travis, you can relax on chairs, blankets or just dig a nice hole in the sand.
Tiki torches and unbelievable sunsets will make this one of the coolest music settings anywhere in Austin...especially FREE. Music will start about 15 minutes before sunset is official, see times below
For those that want to come early to try out one of Chef Blaine's new specials or one of his long standing staples at Beachside Billy's, you will have a reserved chaise lounge right up front. Limited to 50. Please send an email to email@example.com to reserve a spot. You will need to arrive about 90 minutes before sunset to make sure you can eat and get down there. Music will start about 15 minutes before sunset.
Bobby will be performing on Thursday September 27th (Sunset at 7:21) Bobby was first heard here at ACL Fest about 2014 and his voice will capture anyone that loves music and lyrics that are nearly perfectly written and sung. Bobby on the Beach will be as entertaining as any acoustic music event you have ever heard. He will become a favorite on your playlist.