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By Matt Sodnicar
Posted April 30, 2019
Recently Bobby sat down with Matt Sodnicar to talk about music, poetry and more.. Enjoy the podcast.
I sit down with singer / songwriter Bobby Long - in my friend Rick and Angie's kitchen. We talk about writing songs compared to writing poems, our appreciation of Steve Winwood, true fans, and finish with a small acoustic home concert.
WCBE 90.5 FM
Posted April 24, 2019
On his recent leg of the Sultans tour Bobby stopped by Studio A at WCBE Radio for an interview and performance before he headed over to the Rumba Café. WCBE graciously added some great photos from Bobby's performance. See the full set of photos on their Facebook page here..
Posted April 16, 2019
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Bobby Long will be joining Des Moines radio station KFMG 98.9 for a performance. Please tune in at 4:15p CT to catch the broadcast. Bobby will also be playing that same evening at the Gas Lamp at 8:00pm. Tickets are still available by selecting the link in tour dates.
Pure Grain Radio
Host Darren Paltrowitz
Posted March 20, 2019
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.
- 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.
By Lindsey Borders
Posted March 13, 2019
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
By Marissa Matozzo
Posted March 6, 2019
Let the British folk songster show you around!
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."
By Meg Hanson
Posted March 6, 2019
Bobby Long admires fearless artists.
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.
By Denny Dyroff
Posted February 28, 2019
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.
By Darren Paltrowitz
Posted February 27, 2019
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…