We're excited to share that Bobby Long has been added to Americanafest in Nashville, happening September 11-16, 2018. Bobby is currently scheduled to perform on September 13, 2018. We will share more information of times and locations when we get closer to the event. Ticket info is in our tour section or by clicking on the photo below.
The show at the Fallout Shelter in Norwood, MA has been POSTPONED due to a family emergency with the shows producer. The show is planned to be rescheduled for a later date. Please keep watching for more information. We apologize for any inconveinence.
The Gravel Project - Extended Play Sessions
The Fallout Shelter
April 14 7:00pm
The Fallout Shelter - 61 Endicott Street, Norwood, MA, United States
The event is scheduled to be live streamed on The Fallout Shelter Facebook page.
Bobby Long is a folk troubadour. "His lyrics are dark, mesmerizing, candid portraits of the human condition more in the vein of Tom Waits than say Dylan or Springsteen but he belongs in the same conversation as that lofty trio." Take a listen to his "Dead and Gone" video from his 2015 Fallout Shelter show and you'll see what a truly moving, engaging singer/songwriter he is and why we are so excited to have him return.
Doors open at 6, music starts promptly at 7 and goes for about 1 ½ hours. Followed by a 30-45 minute always fascinating interview. Over by 9:30. Ticket includes a light buffet and a cool souvenir poster. There is a cash wine & beer bar for your drinking pleasure.
The good news is that Bobby Long will support Ireland’s top-selling band The Coronas for three of their upcoming North American shows. The bad news is that two of those shows are already sold out. Those of you in Montreal who have long been waiting for Bobby’s return there still have a chance to buy tickets. Here’s the information:
Saturday, December 16 at 4:00pm EST, Bobby Long will be performing an online in your house concert for the holidays. This has been a great way for Bobby to bring in some holiday cheer with performing his third annual Christmas concert. Bobby does plan on taking requests from his fans which is always a great treat. Join Bobby on Concert Window which is a pay per view concert.
Initially famous for having a song featured in the blockbuster movie Twilight while still attending college, Bobby Long recorded his first album — 2009’s Dirty Pond Songs — in his London bedroom. That self-released, full-length debut album charted high on iTunes and led to a record deal with ATO Records. Long spent the next few years touring the world, playing top festivals, and even making it onto The Tonight Show. The British singer/songwriter opted to move to the United States during this period.
After touring behind a second full-length for ATO, 2013’s Wishbone, Long went the independent route and began working with PledgeMusic in 2014. The following year brought the release of Long’s fan-funded Ode to Thinking, as released by the Nashville label Compass Records. Long has since conducted another PledgeMusic campaign for his forthcoming album, also to be distributed via Compass. Two new songs, “Serpentine” and “Nautical,” were performed and premiered online via Paste performance sessions. Also of note for Long is that he recently put out his second book of poetry, Losing My Misery, and there is a possibility of a third one being put together.
I had the pleasure of conducting Q&A with Mr. Long for the Inquisitr, in the process getting some insight of what is ahead for him. For more on Bobby Long, point your web browser towards www.bobbylong.info.
Beyond your music, you have released a pair of poetry books. Do you view yourself as a musician that also does poetry? A musician and a poet? Just an artist?
Bobby Long: I guess I would call myself firstly a musician. I’m just trying to explore and be as creative as possible. I would never call myself a poet. I don’t think there is a humanly way of doing so without sounding a bit pretentious.
Did you start off as a lyricist? Or were you always both a musician and a lyricist?
Bobby Long: I guess lyrics come slightly before. Once I started playing an instrument, they became tandem. I enjoy writing both, one as much as the other.
When you’re writing words, how do you know whether something is poetry versus something meant for a song?
Bobby Long: Because I sit down with one in mind. Occasionally, you are left in a state of confusion as to which your writing will end up as, but you just lend it to whatever you are working on.
If I recall correctly, you were one of the first artists to really benefit from using MySpace. Aside from using it to promote your music, were you a big social media user back then?
Bobby Long: No, not at all. Even now I have to remind myself to use it. MySpace actually was pretty cool when it first came out. You could really explore and follow and interact with people. Now it all seems pretty corporate, especially Facebook. You have to pay to fully promote and reach all of your followers, which really sucks. Feels like you are being held over a hot fire as there is no other way to promote.
On Saturday, September 30, Bobby Long will play Caffe Lena for the first time. Long, a singer-songwriter who cut his teeth in the London folk music scene, has earned a reputation as a gutsy, captivating performer with a blues-infused voice and a poet’s sensibility. His vivid song lyrics and distinct guitar work grab the audience by the shirt collar, and his raw, honest, and skillfully vulnerable performance style pulls them close.
It just may be that Caffe Lena is the perfect place to see Long on stage. In addition to launching careers and keeping the music alive, Saratoga’s legendary coffeehouse has remained steadfastly committed to storytelling in all forms. And Long is a storyteller. He’s a wordsmith whose lyrics will linger in your head for days. The imagery he embeds in the songs is a throwback of sorts to poet-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, or Tom Waits, but his unique voice cuts through the lines and strumming. As much as his musical influences seep in, the songs feel entirely his own.
Long grew up in Wiltshire, England, but he’s lived in New York for the last seven years. In the fall of 2009, I saw him perform at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village. The crowd was enthralled – they hung on his every word. Even though he was a bit uncomfortable with the spotlight, or perhaps because he was uncomfortable, he charmed the room. In today’s crazy, hyperactive, often overproduced music scene, it’s easy to forget the power of that lone performer on stage, armed only with a guitar, a mic, and lyrics. A few years ago, Branford Marsalis noted that “superficiality is in and, you know, depth and quality are kind of out” – Long proves that’s not always the case, especially when he’s on stage.
I admit that when A Winter Tale, his first studio album, was released, I found myself scrolling back to older versions of songs on the self-released Dirty Pond Songs and Live at Arlene’s Grocery. I wanted to recall that live experience, but that’s only because the live show was such an experience. A few years later, I caught Long at The Linda in Albany. Coming off of the release of The Backing Singer (EP), his stage act was more practiced and he was more confident as a performer, but the concert was just as open, heartfelt, and moving as the set at The Bitter End. I felt then, as I do now, that he was a musician to keep an eye on.
Over the phone, with his five-month old son in the background, Long and I talk about how his music has evolved since The Bitter End in 2009, and what he makes of it all.
“I’ve become a bit more interested in writing music that’s slightly larger and grander,” Long says. “But I still love playing on my own. I haven’t played with a band for a year or so, at least for a proper show. My sound has developed and changed quite a lot, but it’s still always rooted around me and an acoustic guitar.”
Long’s latest album, Ode to Thinking, was released by Compass Records in 2015, and it features a return to his roots. Looking back, Long mentions that his first record had an old school country influence. Then, after The Backing Singer, his next studio record (Wishbone) was rock-based. “I felt like I hadn’t really done that singer-songwriter album,” he says. “So it was worth a revisit.” The result was Long’s strongest outing yet. The 11 tracks on Ode to Thinking are varied in their subjects and approach, but they all showcase Long’s vocals, guitar, and songwriting skills. When compared to his earlier work, they also suggest someone who is older, more mature, road-tested.
Long’s music sometimes feels like a freight train beating down the tracks. (This is especially true in the country-influenced A Winter Tale.) Other times, his songs are patient, whisky-sipping, and contemplative. Through it all, the one constant is his lyrical styling. Each song is colorful, surprising, and haunting. For example, lines like “my wounded eyes will see again” in “The Bounty of Mary Jane” stick with you. Newer songs like “Kill Someone” and “I’m Not Going Out Tonight” are character-driven vignettes.
Bobby Long will performing a showcase hosted by WEXT Radio on Saturday, September 30th in Saratoga Springs, NY. Bobby will be supported by opening act Brian Dunne. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the photo below. Those that are not local to NY will also be able to view the concert live. Caffe Lena will be broadcasting through the Pay Per View service Concert Window.
Please join Bobby Long this Sunday, August 21, 2017 for an in house concert through Concert Window. This is a pay per view event, which we recommend to sign up early. If you do not have a Concert Window account, please sign up before the night of the event. Join Bobby in your time zone. 4PM EDT, 3PM CDT, 1PM PDT. For Bobby's European fans, in London join Bobby at 9pm and in Germany 10:00pm. Please click on the photo below to take you to the site.