By Rachel Totten
Posted June 15, 2016
The last time The Daily Times interviewed Bobby Long, in 2011, the British singer-songwriter had just released his debut album, “A Winter Tale,” and couldn’t seem to escape the overwhelming cloud of gray that seemed to follow him.
A lot has changed since then, and Long says he can still feel the desolate cold from time to time, especially in the midst of winter, but takes great pride in his capacity to feel.
“I’m pretty proud of that record — well, I’m proud of all of my records — but to be overwhelmed is an incredible feeling,” he said.
Still, Long seeks to grow past that first record and the chill of the cold to conquer an array of new sounds and concepts.
“I definitely don’t want to make the same album twice or sing about the same things over and over,” he explained. “Obviously some things will pop up, but I’m starting to work out how to say what I need to say in an easier way.” In the years since “A Winter Tale,” Long has played numerous high-profile festivals, including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Bamboozle, and has released two more albums — “Wishbone” in 2013 and “Ode To Thinking” in 2015 — and most recently, a limited edition vinyl release of “Ode To Thinking,” titled “Ode.”
On “Ode To Thinking,” released last August by Nashville-based Compass Records, Long said he took a very personal approach, voicing his own social commentaries and responding to his surroundings.
“It’s more personal than anything I’ve ever written,” he said. “I’m trying to put myself on paper, if that makes sense.”
Described by Long as “a collection and B sides,” “Ode,” the vinyl, features six tracks from “Ode To Thinking,” as well as three unreleased tracks — “Pretty Little Pennies,” “If You Don’t Want To Be With Me” and “From Me.” These songs, he says, are more upbeat and fun than what he typically writes.
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