Bobby Long + Shaun O’Reilly
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long emerged from London’s club scene with a reputation for creating memorable songs with hauntingly poetic lyrics. Becoming close friends with Sam Bradley, Marcus Foster and Robert Pattinson during this time, Long’s career trajectory took a major leap when Pattinson performed the song ‘Let Me Sign’ (co-written by Long and Foster), in the 2008 blockbuster Twilight.
Since relocating to New York City, he has released two albums of powerful original material: the first – A Winter Tale (2011 – ATO Records)—an homage to his acoustic roots, while the second—Wishbone (2013 – ATO Records)—bears a grittier sound that showcases his outstanding voice and his stellar guitar playing.
New release Ode to Thinking (Compass Records) sees Bobby returning to the basics; a guy and a guitar, recalling his heady early days on London’s open mic circuit. Produced by Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco) and recorded at Hallman’s Congress House Studios in Austin, Texas, the songs are sturdily built around Long’s vocals and guitar.
Writing and touring has always been his way of life. His music has taken him to more parts of America than many Americans will ever see, as well as Canada, Australia, Europe and his native England.
Bobby has shared the stage with countless major artists including Steve Winwood, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Brett Dennen, as well as playing high profile festivals like Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, the Dave Matthews Caravan and Bamboozle.
Now 29, Bobby Long is excited about the future and his ability to continue to do what he loves. “I feel like it’s all really good,” he said of his career. “I’ve been cultivating a fan base and evolving musically. I’ve always been pretty aware that for me to get to the position of my heroes, it’s going to take time.” And time is on his side.
“Seductively, his music grabs hold and draws the listener in as he speaks to the very depths of their spirit. He breathes a labyrinth of imagery that is so fragile and heartrending—it’s impossible to let go.” JAMBASE
“From Bob Dylan to Elliott Smith, his music possesses a captivating honesty and vulnerability.” AUSTIN CHRONICLE
“His swaggery growl goes tender in the right places; his tunes are sturdy but graceful, like the curve of something hand-carved.” LOS ANGELES TIMES
“songs with a blunt force, using melodies that engage and a voice that’s rife with hunger.” NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“All scratchy voice and crunchy guitar, the New York-based English artist is a rock-Americana balladeer in the vein of Tom Petty.” TORONTO GLOBE & MAIL
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