Article from an Austrian Publication, speaking about Bobby Long's new album "Ode to Thinking" and his upcoming Austrian dates in October.
"Ode To Thinking", das dritte Studioalbum von Bobby Long.
Über künstlerische Umwege den Durchbruch zu schaffen, ist gewiss nicht die größtmögliche Schmach. Der in der Nähe von Manchester geborene und jetzt in New York lebende Singer-Songwriter Bobby Long hat es jedenfalls dem vor allem bei jüngeren Frauen und älteren Mädchen beliebten Vampir-Blockbuster "Twilight" zu verdanken, dass sich eine breitere Öffentlichkeit für ihn und seine Musik zu interessieren begann. Schließlich schaffte es "Let Me Sign", ein gemeinsam mit Marcus Foster geschriebener
Song, im Jahr 2008 auf den "Twilight"-Soundtrack. Sieben Jahre danach präsentiert sich Long als Singer-Songwriter von nahezu archaischem Zuschnitt und führt eindrucksvoll vor, wie wenig es braucht, wenn man als Autor und Interpret über das nötige Talent verfügt.
Let’s just say right away that Bobby Long is not feel-good, dancing music. But it is powerful, strong music, on which American-based English musician Long uses elements of soul, folk, rock and blues to tackle some serious emotions and tough subjects. With this, his third releases, he has proved himself a proficient musician and guitar player. Here, he is helped tremendously by the contributions of producer/musician Mark Hallman, who plays every instrument that is not a guitar: bass, drums, organ, guitars, harmonica, piano, mandola and accordion.
The album consists of 11 original numbers, some acoustic and some electric. The more soulful numbers, “Cold Hearted Lover of Mind,” “Treat Me Like a Stranger,” and “Something Blue Something Borrowed” are more personal, with “Something Blue Something Borrowed” especially impressive with its beautiful layered vocal and very simple guitar accompaniment. “i’m Not Going Out Tonight,” another personal song, is more f0lk-r9ck, with something of an early Neil Young feel to it.
Other songs deal with social issues. The roughest is “Kill Someone,” an anti-racist rant that uses a Dylanesque folk style to hit the listener hard with the passionate lyrics. “The Songs The Kids Sing” is a perfect ode to the loss of hope and desperate search for soemthing to believe in, while “That Little Place” is a masterful piece of storytelling that bravely reveals the dark things we sometimes try to hide away. Long then does offer a slight ray of light with “The Dark Won’t Get Darker.”
Bobby Long has built a dedicated fan base around his hauntingly poetic lyrics and catchy melodies. On his new record, Ode to Thinking, Long returns to the basics: a guitar, sturdy songs and his singularly plaintive voice. The album’s 11 original tracks showcase a hard-won maturity that belies Long’s 29 years. A prolific songwriter who has been compared to his own heroes—Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan– Long’s vision for Ode to Thinking was honed in a live setting, where each song found its place on the album after being perfected on stage. Producer/musician Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco) joined Long at Congress House Studios in Austin, Texas to record the album during a two week period in the fall of 2014. Ode to Thinking was made possible by a hugely successful PledgeMusic campaign. “It is incredibly gratifying that so many people wanted to help me make the new record,” Long says of the support. “This community has been with me for every step of the journey.
Bobby made an appearance on My Fox DC Channel 5 Morning News in Washington DC this morning. He spoke to the morning news anchor about his new record "Ode to Thinking", the process of songwriting, and his upcoming show this evening at Jammin Java.
WYEP Radio is giving a chance for lucky fans in the Pittsburgh area to see Bobby perform live on their radio show, on Tuesday August 11th. This is part of their Live and Direct Sessions. If you are in the area you will need to RSVP to the radio station to attend, and space is limited. To RSVP please click on the photo below to see further details.
Every Friday morning at 7:30 Brendan Hogan highlights brand new music on WUMB. This week he featured new tracks from Bobby Long and Langhorne Slim & The Law.
Bobby Long, "Hideaway", Ode To Thinking Twenty-nine year old British-born, New York-based singer songwriter Bobby Long released his third record Ode To Thinking, today. The album is named for its finger-picked opening track and is comprised of songs to which Long devoted the last year of his life, even playing them as part of his live sets. He says, "With some songs you have to play them out before you record them because they're not quite there yet". Ode To Thinking was produced by Mark Hallman--who also plays organ, bass, piano and drums on the album--and recorded in Hallman's Congress House Studios in Austin, TX and made possible by a PledgeMusic campaign comprised of over 750 pledgers.