He not only has a great accent, but an even better voice! Musician Bobby Long has gone from pursuing his dreams on the London open mic scene to anticipating the release last week of his new album, ODE TO THINKING. In support of the release, he will tour the U.S. and Europe, including a show at Radio Radio in Indianapolis on Wednesday, August 19. But first, he stopped by the Indy Style studios to chat with Tracy and perform two songs from his new album. Tonight’s show is at 9 p.m., and you can learn more at www.futureshock.net.
Twenty-nine-year-old Bobby Long has released an album that is wise beyond his years. Ode to Thinking is a soulful collection of Americana/folk tracks that features traces of Long’s musical heroes: Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.
The opening title track is the perfect combination of sweet soul and country twang. The two genres continue to be interchangeable and impeccably executed through the entirety of the album.
Long’s third track, “I’m Not Going Out Tonight,” could have been influenced by Garth Brooks and sounds like honest country. Meanwhile, “Something Blue” showcases Long’s soulful voice and deep lyrics. The juxtaposition of the two cousin genres is a unique feature of Ode to Thinking.
The 11-track album was recorded in Austin, Texas over a two-week period during the fall of 2014. “It is incredibly gratifying that so many people wanted to help me make the new record,” Long said. “ This community has been with me every step of the journey.”
Overall, Ode to Thinking combines sweet guitar, poetic lyrics and unique, singsong vocals to tell a true story of American music.
Bobby had an opportunity to stop by Louisville radio station WFPK this afternoon. He sat in with Matt Anthony to talk about his new album "Ode to Thinking" and current tour and show tonight at the Zanzabar in Louisville. Here are photos from today's session.
This morning before heading out on the road to his next show. Bobby had a chance to stop by the Adam and Jayson morning show on Lightning 100 Nashville's Independent Radio and speak with them about his album release, tour and more... Here are few photos from the event.
Tonight Bobby will be performing live at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley at 8:00pm. Tickets available here... If you're unable to be in Nashville, you can still tune in LIVE to listen in. Bobby goes on at 8:00pm CDT, don't miss it. Click on the logo below to take you to the live stream.
We had a chance to sit down with Bobby while he was in Los Angeles, to talk about the release of his new record "Ode to Thinking", as well as his upcoming tour. We believe that the interview gives some very good insight to the recording process of the album, his writing process and what's yet to come. Please sit back, grab a beverage or two and enjoy our two part interview. As a side note we are encouraging those who have yet to join our mailing list to please sign up soon. There is a part three to the interview that you don't want to miss, and it will only be available to those who are part of the MusicBobbyLong.com mailing list. Enjoy the interview, and leave us some feedback, let us know what you thought about the interview, and we know Bobby will want to hear from you as well.
It's only made sense for Bobby Long to move from his native England to America six years ago, the singer-songwriter says. "When an Englishman has a chance to move to America, especially New York, as a musician you have to take it," the 29-year-old said in a phone interview. "America is a big place," he continued from a tour stop in Pittsburgh. "England is important, but it's small. Musically, with my influences, half of them being American, it has really helped in reaching an audience."
Among his singer-songwriter heroes, Long said, are Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman.
Long performs Thursday at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island, to support "Ode to Thinking," his third album, which was released earlier this month.t's been
It's been received great. It's been wonderful so far, the response from the fans and news that radio stations are playing it," Long said. "That's awesome."
"Ode" took a different direction than his past two albums, released in 2011 and '13.
"On this one I went back to sounding more like my live show, which is acoustic," said Long, who will be playing solo at Rozz-Tox. "You have a lot of freedom playing on your own, playing songs because you want to, and the simplicity is beautiful."
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long has announced that he will embark on his debut UK tour this Autumn, following the release of his new album Ode To Thinking. Ode To Thinking, which is due for release on the 7th August, will be the first to drop from Long’s new label Compass Records. Talking of the new material, he comments: “This record started when I realized that the first five songs I wrote for it were probably the most personal songs I’d ever written. That was the start of the journey. Ode To Thinking was one of the first songs I had written [for the album], and it was the definite turning point creatively where I felt, as I’m getting older, that I’m getting more interested in what’s going on politically and socially. I now think it’s really important to educate yourself and take an interest in what’s going on in the world.” Catch Bobby Long at one of the following dates on his debut UK tour:
November Tue 3rd – BIRMINGHAM –Hare & Hounds Wed 4th – MANCHESTER – Night N Day Thu 5th – GLASGOW – King Tuts Fri 6th – LONDON – Borderline
Tickets go on sale on the 10th July, priced at £10 regionally and £14 in London.
Bobby will be one of the guests this Monday on the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, broadcasting live from the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY. The show will stream live on www.folk-book.com. Check woodsongs.com for updates.