City Winery in New York City has launched a Artist Wine that is of featured Artists who have performed at their establishment. Bobby Long was chosen as the most recent artist to be featured on a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. This bottle of Cabernet is not only available on site, but now you can purchase your very own bottle of featuring Bobby Long Sultans Cover. Please head to their website by selecting the photo below to purchase your own personal bottle.
There are times that a long story is really a long story – or, in this case, a “Long” story.
The story of Bobby Long as a singer spans 15 years – which is a long time considering the span covers almost half his life. He turned 33 last September. “I’m one of the veteran people in the industry,” said Long, during a recent phone interview from his home in Jersey City, New Jersey. “I’m proud of myself because I lasted so long.”
Long, who headlines a show at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com) on March 2, is a talented singer-songwriter-guitarist from England who gained international recognition based on a song he wrote called “Let Me Sign.” The song was sung by his friend Robert Pattinson, who stars in the hit movie “Twilight” and was included on the film soundtrack – an album that debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and has remained on the chart for over six months.
“Robert and I met when we were both playing gigs around London,” said Long, during a phone interview Monday morning. “We got to be friends. We never played together on stage, but we would listen to each other’s sets. “I had never recorded the song or even played it live. I played it for him, and he liked it. He took it and played it over some other people, and they liked it too. Then, I got phone call from L.A. saying they wanted to use my song in the movie.” Long just finished making his 10th record. His new album “Sultans,” will be released via Compass Records on March 1.
“Making the ‘Sultans’ album took a long time because we dragged it out,” said Long. “I wanted to give it some breathing room. Half of it was done in 2017 and the other half in 2018. There were only 10 real days on intensive work in the studio. We’d get together and rehearse and ten go into the studio. We recorded it in Brooklyn at Dave Lindsay’s Country Club Studio. It was a nice little studio that had all we needed. We also did some overdubs in Nashville. It was mostly digital for easiness– but there was some analog.” “Sultans” was produced by multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson with whom Long had collaborated and toured with on his 2012 EP, “The Backing Singer.” “Sultans” 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. According to Long, “Jack and I have a shared love of so much music, and we would talk endlessly about records we love. 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 colors 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.” The recording sessions went very smoothly.
“We formed this weird bond,” said Long. “I’d bring a song in and we’d rehearse and record at the same time. Usually, when you’re in the studio and are paying for time, you don’t have the luxury of taking your time. “The songs were written ahead of time. On half the songs, I wrote all the parts and did everything. It was surprising. The group actually played what was on the demo. It matched what was in my head. It felt like I was playing through them. “The thing that held them together was that I wrote all the songs at the same time. There were hard times. I had lost a few people. But there were also good times. Songs represent an idea and they’re all part of the same family. “Also, my impending fatherhood influenced the songwriting. I felt like he was always on my mind when I was writing. His name is River and he was a baby in the studio with me when I was doing some vocals.” Long’s love of The Beatles is evident on the new album. The two-part title track that bookends the album playfully pays homage to Sgt. Pepper and the music Long heard at home growing up in rural southwest England. “Part of me connects back to England,” said Long. “I was born in northern England – in Wigan. My favorite football teams are the Wigan Warriors and Manchester United.”
Video link for Bobby Long – https://youtu.be/VR9n-rMaizA.
The show at the World Café Live will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13.
Music artist, Bobby Long is preparing to release his fourth studio album "Sultans" on March 1st through Compass Records. On this new release, Long pays homage to The Beatles as he bookends the album with the title song, a la The Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band." The album carries a very nostalgic vibe with its wah-wah sound in "Nautical," as Bobby Long reaches back to his British roots as displayed in folk/rock appeal of "Mazarati." His vocals in "Goodbye" will grab hold of you, as you find yourself falling in love with his music. He dives back to the sixties rock sound once again with "Serpentine," before slowing down for the acoustic ballad "Love." Bobby finishes up his new album with the wonderful, gentle flow of "Venice" and the bluesy feel of "Sisters."
Bobby Long will also begin his two-month tour on March 1st at the City Winery Loft in New York City, before making his way to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA and Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about his new album "Sultans," please visit musicbobbylong.com.
New York-based British singer-songwriter Bobby Long has dabbled in folk and rock across his three albums with the usual comparisons to influences of Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and others. Now we have a pop album. Sultans is unabashedly a nod to The Beatles. This crisp collection of ten tunes is bookended by its title, the first and last tracks. You’ll immediately be struck by the Eastern sounds reminiscent of “Within You. Without You.” Long explains, “I feel it sets the tone for the entire album and ends it quite nicely as well. We were obviously inspired by Sgt. Pepper when coming up with idea of the same start and end point. It gives the album a concept, and although the songs are quite similar, there are differences in dynamics and playfulness.”
Long further elaborates, “Also, vocally this album was different for me. I was really inspired by John Lennon’s vocals and the rawness he would get, especially on early Beatles records or his solo stuff. Letting emotion get in the way and kind of showing my true colours. I wanted to be brave, especially on the deeply personal songs so I just left it all out there.”
Most of us were introduced to Long’s spare arrangements and rather typical singer-songwriter style on Winter’s Tale and a conventional rock approach to his Wishbone. His sound here is entirely different (wasn’t that a hallmark of The Beatles too?) which he owes mostly to producer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson, a close friend and the musician Long has most often played with. They took their time, experimenting with various sounds for an album a year in the making. Long plays guitar, Dawson plays bass, and studio engineer Dave Lindsay plays drums. The many psychedelic flourishes, electronics and keys indicate that there are more than just four musicians making this music. Yes, they tapped several others for those effects.
Even though Long calls it a concept album, the subject matter is varied, touching on his usual themes of love and death while others were formed through daily observations. He was feeling lots of frustration toward religion and religious establishments. His wife was pregnant during most of the making of the album and their son was born near its finish. That sense of frustration is captured in this passage from “Mazerati” – if you’re looking for some truth, you’ve lost it, get saved, take the furthest thing that you can’t prove, believe it, you’re spared, or try to make some sense of it all”
Although Long has published two books of poetry, his lyrics aren’t always the smoothest, however. Take this excerpt, expressing his frustration in “Nautical” – I fell from the sky, I rose from the ground, screaming out loud, not making a sound, I can’t be alone, or be alone with you, or be alone with you.” In fact, it’s easier to listen to the album as a complete work rather than trying to dissect his lyrics in some songs. “Serpentine” and “Venice” are especially challenging.
Kudos to Long for trying something completely different. His love for The Beatles is evident and the album forces the listener to work a bit, which isn’t a bad thing. It does make for repeated listens. Some of the hooks and loops become infectious with additional listening too.
Later this week, U.S.-based British singer-songwriter Bobby Long will be releasing his fourth full-length album, Sultans. Due out via Compass Records on March 1, 2019, Sultans pays homage to Sgt. Pepper’s-era Beatles in a wonderful way. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson — with whom Long had work with for his 2012 EP The Backing Singer — Sultans was made in Brooklyn, New York.
In support of Sultans, Bobby Long will be hitting the road for a U.S. tour, kicking off on March 1st at New York City’s City Winery Loft. Additional upcoming dates include March 2nd at Philadelphia’s World Café Live, April 11th at Austin’s Cactus Café and April 16th at St. Louis’ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill. Songs from Sultans were notably previewed late last year when Long visited WEXT-FM in Albany.
The March 20th edition of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast will feature the full audio from my recent phone chat with Bobby Long. The first few questions from that interview are below, as made exclusive to The Hype Magazine. In the meantime, more on Bobby Long — including upcoming tour dates — can be found online at www.musicbobbylong.com.
Sultans, how long was that in the works for?
Bobby Long: It was in the works for a while, actually. We kind of took our time because it was made when my wife was pregnant. I was taking some time off the road and we recorded in Brooklyn, New York; I live in Jersey City, which is really close by. We had to play it by air as we recorded it, so it was over the space of about a year — a day here, a day there, that kind of thing.
Was the whole album written before you went into the studio?
Bobby Long: Yes it was. I did a lot of pre-production actually, it took a few months to write it, and then I just brought all the songs in, probably about 25 songs. So we literally picked one whenever we went in the studio really, which was great.
And what was the first song you wrote for the album?
Bobby Long: “Nautical” was the first song I wrote… It started the whole thing off, really.
Being that you have a title track as both the album’s opener and closer, when in the process did “Sultans” come along?
Bobby Long: It came along pretty early, but originally “Sultans” was just one track… It was inspired by Sgt. Pepper’s, The Beatles, so I thought it might be cool to do a Part 1 and a Part 2. So we thought to record them separately at the end…
Bobby Long has never been one to make the same album twice—not even close. To guard against repetition, he’s fortified his muse with a diverse list of producers, including Liam Watson (White Stripes), Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucero) and Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco).
“I don’t want this to sound insensitive to the listener, but I’ve never really worried about what people think,” says Long, who’s a new father and settled comfortably in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from New York City. “My tastes change, and my style of playing is changing and evolving all the time. What I’m listening to today is not what I’m going to be listening to in a year-and-a-half’s time.”
On his latest, Sultans (Compass), the Americanized Brit is in full-on collaboration mode with multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson, who gets double-billing on the cover. Long had previously worked with Dawson on 2012’s The Backing Singer EP. “He played violin on that record, and we share a lot of the same loves,” says Long. “You get to the stage where you just want to work with friends—and I think we’ll continue together for the time being.”
Making Sultans was a no-pressure, no-fuss affair, with Dawson producing and another pal, Dave Lindsay, serving as engineer and drummer. Sessions took place over a year’s time at Lindsay’s Country Club Studio in Brooklyn. “We recorded as a three piece—about 50 percent of what you’re hearing is live,” says Long. “I’d sit by the console and press play; Dave would go into the drum room and sit down; and Jack played bass. I fucked up a few times, where I didn’t press the right button. So we’d do this great take, and Dave would get up from the drums and come around and be like, ‘Ah shit, you didn’t press record.’”
Sultans takes its name from the LP’s first and last tracks. The original was just drums, ukulele and a sample that Dawson loved, with Sgt. Pepper being the obvious inspiration for the eventual bookend treatment. And while Sultans is only occasionally loose and experimental, it does test the limits of Long’s gritty folk template in some unexpected ways. At times, its tightly wounded psychedelic jams recall Jimi Hendrix’s sophomore masterpiece, Axis: Bold As Love, especially in their push-and-pull between the blues and the Beatles.
That friction works in spades on “Serpentine,” a driving, ominous mini-epic with a slithering guitar lead and lyrics that bemoan the vagaries of co-dependence. “The riff I had for a while—that was one of the more instinctive songs, really,” says Long. “I have a lot of wonderful women in my life who seem to dote on me, from my mom to my wife to my sisters. It’s more of an ode to them.”
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U.S.-based British singer-songwriter Bobby Long will begin a two-month tour on Friday, March 1 in support of his new album, SULTANS, which will be released by Compass Records that same day. First up is a show at the City Winery Loft in Manhattan where he will celebrate the album's release with a rare performance backed by a four-piece band. Among the players accompanying him that night will be SULTANS producer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Dawson and recording engineer/drummer Dave Lindsay.
"Nautical," the second track on the album, has been serviced to AAA radio. "I wrote 'Nautical' at the start of the writing process for SULTANS," explains Long. "It really dictated the direction of the album as a whole and set the tone. I had the riff for a while, but I couldn't find anything to do with it. Sometimes you have to let a song find you, and one day, it all came together. I think it's a bit catchy and gets under your skin in a good way." A video for the song is currently in the works.
SULTANS overall playfully pays homage to Long's love for the Beatles, particularly the Sgt. Pepper album, and the mix of music he heard at home growing up in rural southwest England. It also finds Long expanding on his spare, singer-songwriter arrangements for a more adventurous Beatle-esque sound that include psychedelic flourishes, electric guitar and keys. The two-part title track bookends the taut 10-song set of original material that effectively traverses Long's signature love, loss and heartache milieu. The vinyl version of the album will be available on March 29th.
"Mazarati," the first digitally released track from the album, finds Long searching for truth and meaning in life. Electric piano and wah wah guitar wash over the chorus which breaks into a 60s-inspired guitar break.
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 arrived in New York and essentially never left. His critically-acclaimed debut album A Winter Tale (2011) was followed by the more rock-oriented Wishbone (2013). He returned to his acoustic singer-songwriter roots for the evocative Ode to Thinking (2015), and now SULTANS takes a somewhat more adventurous path.
"Of course, I always feel that the new one is the best one," says Long about SULTANS, but I feel pretty strongly about this one. The sounds of this record are the closest to what was in my imagination that I've come so far. I really love creating and writing. It feels as magical today as it did when I was a child."
SULTANS was produced by Jack Dawson with whom Long had collaborated and toured on behalf of his 2012 EP The Backing Singer. It was recorded over a one year period in Dave Lindsay's studio in Brooklyn. With Long on guitar, Dawson also played bass on the tracks while engineer Lindsay played drums. "We became a little band during the recording," Long has said, so it is only fitting that Dawson and Lindsay join him for the City Winery show to celebrate the release of SULTANS.
Join Bobby Long on Thursday, February 21 at 12:30 pm ET / 11:30 am CT / 9:30 am PT as he sits down with Paste Music Live from the Manhattan Center in New York City. You can watch the broadcast live on YouTube or Facebook, you can join him live by clicking on the links below.
Artist: Bobby Long Hometown: Wigan, England Song: “Love” Album: Sultans Release Date: March 1, 2019 Label: Compass Records
In Their Words: “I wrote this song to a family member because I wanted them to show love more and not hold back expressing it. Life’s too short to sit on the fence with that kind of thing. Especially when it comes to family. The irony though is that I moved away from my family in England, and although we are incredibly close, part of me feels like I let them down a bit. Like, with every song I write I guess I am still self-indulgently writing partly about myself and actions. I have missed a lot of weddings, birthdays and births so my family member had every right to tell me to bugger off. Kindly of course.” –Bobby Long
So we are heading into Presidents Weekend here in the USA – so why not have NY Based British singer-songwriter Bobby Long on here to chat with @skopemag. His fourth album, called SULTANS, will be released on MARCH 1 by Compass Records. He will tour this spring in support of it, including a show at PASSIM in Cambridge, MA on FRIDAY, MARCH 8. Also do not miss the first streamed track called “Mazarati” from the album.
@skopemag: Where are we talking from today and how is 2019 so far?
I’m hungover in Jersey City, just across the river from Manhattan. 2019 has been happy so far, and last night I took that happiness, drank it and today has been tough. In general, I’m excited for my new album coming out on the 1st of March. It’s always great to start the new year with new music!
@skopemag: How long were you preparing for the new album ‘Sultans’ and spring tour?
I’m always playing and actively involved with music so I try to stay rehearsed and warm to it. Even so, you keep yourself open to things changing. Songs change every night and that is part of the fun.
@skopemag: When & where do you find you are most inspired to create new music?
I usually write at home and feel really comfortable being there. I’m turning into a bit of a home body and like hanging out. It’s my safe space. My dog, son and wife are there so space or quiet time can be limited, but when things are flowing and quiet, it feels inspiring and a good work environment.
@skopemag: What makes you most anxious about putting out new music and what is most exciting?
I think being away on the road offers equal parts excitement and nervousness. Fear of the unknown and wanting every show to be great. I’ve always been able to stay away from reviews and the feeling of people writing about it. That’s a rocky path. I’m fighting the doubt and the rollercoaster of hating and loving a song myself so I don’t need someone else doing it for me. That being said, I care deeply if someone likes or resonates with a song. You feel lucky when that happens.
@skopemag: If you could force an @skopemag reader to sit and listen to 1 track from ‘Sultans’ which one and why?
I would go with “Nautical.” I think it’s a bit catchy and gets under your skin in a good way. I’m proud of myself for writing in a major key. My nieces and nephews like the song, and that’s good enough for me.