In July 2018, New York-based writer and editor Darren Paltrowitz launched the Paltrocast with Darren Paltrowitz in partnership with PureGrainAudio. The bi-weekly podcast features exclusive interviews with top entertainers, entrepreneurs and other influencers. More info on the Paltrocast can be found at www.puregrainaudio.com/paltrocast and www.paltrowitz.com.
Episode #017: - For this edition of the Paltrocast, Darren spoke with legendary guitarist Kane Roberts, singer/songwriter Bobby Long and comedian, actor, writer, producer and director Marlon Wayans. Points of discussion include Alice Cooper, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Alissa White-Gluz, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and WWE Superstar Kane.
Singer/songwriter Bobby Long is originally from near Manchester, England, and now calls New York City home. His latest album "Sultans" is a rather psychedelic, Beatle-esque collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson, and we'll get to know Bobby and the making of this new venture of his when he visits us in Studio B before his show Friday evening at New Belgium Brewing in Asheville, NC - not to be confused with the New Belgium in Colorado, where he'll play on April 5th! Click on photo to Listen Live.
British singer-songwriter, Bobby Long, released his fourth effort, Sultans, on March 1. Sultans pays homage to Long’s love of The Beatles’ and specifically their album, Sgt. Pepper, which he grew up listening to in his family’s household located in rural Southwest England. Long emerged on the open-mic scene in England in 2009, and gained quite...
British singer-songwriter, Bobby Long, released his fourth effort, Sultans, on March 1. Sultans pays homage to Long’s love of The Beatles’ and specifically their album, Sgt. Pepper, which he grew up listening to in his family’s household located in rural Southwest England. Long emerged on the open-mic scene in England in 2009, and gained quite a bit of attention when his song was featured in the ever-popular film, “Twilight.”
He then made his home in NYC, and has since released his debut album, A Winter’s Tale (2011), then Wishbone (2013), and his previous release with Ode to Thinking (2015). Sultans was produced by Long’s friend and fellow musician, Jack Dawson. During a brief break on his tour, Long took some time to discuss Sultans, his love of The Beatles, working with Jack Dawson, his love of touring and his fun favorites. Full tour dates included after the interview below.
Let’s talk about your new album, Sultans. What was the writing and recording process like for it?
Bobby Long: It was fun and another really great recording experience. You feel like you grow every time you make an album, and this was no different.
This album pays homage to your love of The Beatles. Why did you decide now was the right time make an album centered around this?
Bobby: It wasn’t really a conscious choice. It was more of a natural occurrence that happened with the songs evolving and really dictating which direction we were moving in. I think the Beatles have always been a big influence on my music, just like The Kinks or The Zombies, but this album took on some elements that are reminiscent of The Beatles.
You’ve worked and played with Jack Dawson before. What was it like working with him again on a departure from the previous recorded material?
Bobby: We always have a great time and like being around each other, so I love working with him. He is a really talented guy and so in tune with me that it feels like I have an extension of myself at times.
You don’t tour often, so when you do you’re very intentional of where you like to perform. Why is that, and are there places that you want to tour, but haven’t yet?
Bobby: Well, I toured a lot early on in my career and having a child recently has made me want to be around him and at home more. It’s easy to get burnt out. In all honesty, I’ll happily play anywhere. But ‘anywhere’ isn’t always a place where people know who I am and will come out to see me play.
What do you most look forward to on tour?
Bobby: Getting on stage and playing songs.
Speaking of tour, I know one of your favorite places to tour at is Eddie’s Attic. After all these years performing there, what is your most favorite aspect of returning to Eddie’s Attic to perform?
Bobby: It’s just a really good place to play with really good people who work there and come out to hear music. It’s easy playing in that spot and allows me to really enjoy the experience.
What artists, current and/or upcoming, would you like to collaborate with?
Bobby: I’d like to collaborate more with my musician friends in general. It’s hard getting together as it is, and when we do, it’s easier to just hang out than work on new music.
What are you currently reading and/or listening to?
Bobby: I’m listening to Willie Nelson a lot at the moment and the Lemon Twigs. And I’m reading Puckoon by Spike Milligan again.
March 16— Jammin Java, Vienna, VA March 22— Fat Tire Friday, New Belgium Brewery, Asheville, NC March 24— Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA April 5— Fat Tire Friday, New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, CO April 11— Cactus Café, Austin, TX April 12— Poor David’s Pub, Dallas, TX April 13— Blue Door, Oklahoma City, OK April 16— Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO April 17— Gaslamp, Des Moines, IA April 18— Raccoon Motel, Davenport, IA April 19— Café Carpe, Fort Atkinson, WI April 23—Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA April 24— Rumba Cafe, Columbus, OH April 25— Lo-Fi Lounge, Indianapolis, IN
New York-based British singer-songwriter Bobby Long’s love of The Beatles is evident on his just delivered album SULTANS, on Compass Records. 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 his signature love, loss and heartache milieu. SULTANS finds Long expanding on his spare, singer-songwriter arrangements for a more adventurous Beatles sound with psychedelic flourishes, electric guitar and keys.
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.
Bobby Long On Tour March 8— Club Passim, Cambridge, MA March 16— Jammin Java, Vienna, VA March 22— Fat Tire Friday, New Belgium Brewery, Asheville, NC March 24— Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA April 5— Fat Tire Friday, New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, CO April 11— Cactus Café, Austin, TX April 12— Poor David's Pub, Dallas, TX April 13— Blue Door, Oklahoma City, OK April 16— Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO April 17— Gaslamp, Des Moines, IA April 18— Raccoon Motel, Davenport, IA April 19— Café Carpe, Fort Atkinson, WI April 23—Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA April 24— Rumba Cafe, Columbus, OH
UPDATE - You can now view the full concert by clicking on the photo below.
On Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7pm ET Bobby Long will be performing in Norwood, MA at the Fall Out Shelter for their Extended Play Sessions. This will be a live concert and then an interview session. The concert will be live streamed through their Facebook Page. Click on the photo to take you to the stream.
You picked Sultans by, Bobby Long, as your favorite new release for the week of March 1, 2019.
What is your favorite new release for week of March 1?
BOBBY LONG – Sultans (45%, 35 Votes) THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS, Easy Way (14%, 11 Votes) QUAKER CITY NIGHT HAWKS, QCNH (6%, 5 Votes) CITIZEN COPE, Heroin and Helicopters (5%, 4 Votes) THE HONEY DEWDROPS – Anyone Can See (5%, 4 Votes) REESE WYNANS AND FRIENDS – Sweet Release (5%, 4 Votes) STEVE POLTZ – Shine On (4%, 3 Votes) PETER ROGAN – Still Tryin’ To Believe (3%, 2 Votes) SUGARAY RAYFORD – Somebody Save Me (3%, 2 Votes) DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS – American Love Call (3%, 2 Votes) JOHN HARTFORD – Backroads, Rivers & Memories (3%, 2 Votes) DAVE ERNST – Hickory Switch (1%, 1 Votes) HAND HABITS – placeholder (1%, 1 Votes) ADAM KLEIN – Low Flyin’ Planes (1%, 1 Votes) AUSTIN MEADE – Waves (0%, 0 Votes) MARY BRAGG – Violets as Camouflage (0%, 0 Votes) LONESOME SHACKS – Desert Dreams (0%, 0 Votes)
Intimate, stripped-back acoustic songs are British singer-songwriter Bobby Long’s bread and butter. With gravelly vocals and soul-baring lyrics, he's dazzled us with his brand new album, Sultans, which highlights Long’s distinctive Americana sound supported by solid backing instrumentals.
The multi-instrumentalist has made great strides in the British and American folk scenes ever since the 2008 Twilight soundtrack featured one of his first songs, “Let Me Sign,” which quickly became a staple for any Edward Cullen fangirl. In the decade plus since then, Bobby has released four full-length albums, toured around Europe and North America, and garnered a worldwide fan base who have given him millions of streams online.
This month, the acoustic rocker will embark on a 21-stop tour across the United States in support of his new Sgt. Pepper- inspired record, hitting New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, St. Louis, and more!
Based on the east coast, but originally from Greater Manchester, England, the well-traveled musician now resides in Jersey City with his family. Read below to discover his top picks from his home city, including everything from coffee shops to thrift stores!
The Jersey City Guide by Bobby Long
The Grind Shop
3722, 360 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304
"This is a great and friendly spot to get your coffee and breakfast from in the morning. They offer a wide array of pastry, great doughnuts and bagels as well as some CBD-based products. I head over there every morning to start the day, and the staff are really friendly."
Pinwheel Garden Dumpling and Noodle Bar.
318 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304
"There are lots of places springing up on Communipaw at the moment, and this is my fave. Really tasty food in a pretty but unpretentious environment. The place is small so you can see your food being made in the kitchen, and the servers are always chatty and helpful. Family friendly so you don't feel like you are putting anyone out when accompanied by an energetic little boy like my son."
276 Grove st, Jersey City, 07302
"This is probably showing my age--a few years ago I would've picked a bar. They always have a wide array of great wines and beers at great prices, and they have all been thoroughly reviewed and tasted by the staff. Because of the thoughtfulness of the staff, you never feel like an uneducated idiot when picking out a bottle. They also do tastings all the time. Sometimes I just dip in to taste some new spirit or wine so I have a buzz on the way home."
Liberty State Park
200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305
"Living in such close proximity to New York and seeing Manhattan from your window tends to dull your appreciation of the place. This park is really pretty, great for running, playing soccer, kids play area, walking the dog etc. But the best thing about the park is the view of the Statue of Liberty which has her back to the park. Having it so close to where we live and it being so accessible makes me realize how lucky we are living here. Ghostbusters 2 is one of my fave films growing up so I get a massive kick out of it. It also represents the greatness of America I think."
Another Man’s Treasure Vintage Store
200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305
"This place looks really cool, and they also always some really good vinyl. They even have a listening booth. We get our kid little vintage pieces from here that are affordable and super cool. We found this vintage Mickey Mouse jacket that I wished came in my size. I’ve found some great jackets in there, and my wife, who works in fashion, is always finding great pieces for herself. Again the staff are really, really nice and thoughtful."
As a solo artist, Long pursues a sound that's all his own without imitating what's trendy, looking up to The Beatles for being "fearless" despite pressures from the music industry. The British singer-songwriter first gained a following after Robert Pattinson performed his song "Let Me Sign" on the film Twilight and after Long performed in a series of showcases in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville. He's spent the last nine years topping the iTunes charts, touring, and performing at high-profile festivals from Bonnaroo to Austin City Limits. Long says his label, Compass Records, took a risk on him with his latest album, Sultans, trusting his art direction and creative instinct.
Long sat down with Popdust's Brooke Johnson to discuss his upcoming album, his foray into publishing poetry, and how his baby boy accidentally ended up on one of his tracks.
When faced with Popdust's infamous Magic Box, Long curses a lot and volunteers to face off with Trump. He's also happily married but wants to talk about Evangeline Lilly for just a minute.