Singer-Songwriter Bobby Long Sets Fall Shows Including AmericanaFest Showcase
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long has scheduled a series of shows through to the end of the year as plans are being finalized for the release of his fourth album. Kicking off the run of shows will be his Official Showcase at the annual AmericanaFest in Nashville on Thursday, September 13 at the City Winery.
The new album of original material was recorded in New York over the past year and was funded by his second successful PledgeMusic campaign. Collaborating with New York-based musician Jack Dawson, with whom he worked on his 2011 EP,
THE BACKING SINGER, the new album promises to comprise a diverse collection of styles and songs. "I think it's the best thing I've done, but then again, I always feel like the new one is the best one I've ever done. It is a lot more psychedelic than my previous records and influenced by The Beach Boys, The Beatles and ELO," he explains.
The Bobby Long catalogue to date includes three full CDs--the most recent of which is ODE THINKING from Compass Records--and an EP as well as two collections of poetry: Losing My Brotherhood, published in 2012, and Losing My Misery, published in 2016. Known for his hauntingly poetic lyrics, writing poetry is a natural sidebar to his songwriting. Losing My Misery, infused with candor, raw emotion and his signature wry humor, is at once brash, funny and heartbreaking, exposing the writer's foibles as well as his poignant insights into the human condition.
When it comes to writing, he makes it clear that he needs to work at songwriting and poetry as separate crafts, but, he says, "I feel like a better songwriter after I write poetry."