British singer-songwriter Bobby Long, who now makes his home in New York City, has scheduled his first live appearances of 2014, beginning with a hometown show at New York’s Mercury Lounge on January 25.
Long, who first emerged by way of London’s folk revival movement and a song he wrote that found its way onto the soundtrack of the first “Twilight” film, has built a strong international following for his poignant, finely-crafted songs. He has made two full-length albums along the way—the critically-acclaimed A WINTER TALE (2011), which paid homage to his acoustic roots, and last year’s more rock-oriented WISHBONE, a harder edged showcase for his sorrow-filled vocals and stellar guitar-playing. He has succeeded handily, as stated in consequenceofsound.com: “Long can sell all the heartbreak and blues guitar because he actually sounds as if he’s weathered enough to be able to talk about it.” The New York Daily News added: “He created songs with a blunt force, using melodies that engage and a voice that’s rife with hunger.”
He is currently writing new material for what will be his third recording and will showcase some of the new songs during his upcoming shows. A consistently engaging performer, Long has toured extensively on his own and as the opener for such diverse artists as Steve Winwood, Iron and Wine, Brett Dennen and Rodrigo y Gabriela as well as appearing at the Bonnaroo, Bamboozle, Dave Matthews Band Caravan and Austin City Limits music festivals. Music Connection Magazine, in a review of his SRO show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles last summer, wrote: "While he is equally adept at singing and playing the guitar, perhaps his greatest asset is his authenticity. In a time when the airwaves are dominated by auto-tune and studio wizardry, Long's refreshingly organic sound hits listeners' ears like a breath of fresh air."