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…