Bobby Long Plays the Early Show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday

January 12th, 2017

Bobby Long grew up outside Manchester, England, with a deep interest in folk, country, Americana and acoustic rock. He began playing local clubs while in school in London, and before graduating, Long (above, doing an acoustic rendition of “Worry About That Now”) had a song, “Let Me Sign,” appear on the Twilight soundtrack. Once out of college, he jumped into music full-time, performing across the U.S. thanks to people knowing his name because of Twilight. After self-releasing several albums, A Winter’s Tale (stream it below)—about which Exclaim! exclaimed, “Listen to this voice. Let its soul seep into your soul. It’s time well spent”—arrived on ATO Records in 2011. Wishbone (stream it below) followed two years later. “It is a bracing, refreshing next step, and easily his strongest offering to date,” according to AllMusic. “In terms of delivering on focus and creativity, Long succeeds in spades.” Since then, the singer-songwriter moved to New York City and signed with Compass Records, which released 2015’s Ode to Thinking (stream it below). “This record deserves to be heard and should be recognized for its sincerity and successful folk simplicity,” said PopMatters. “Bobby Long is the kind of artist people root for, he’s candid, gracious and unobtrusive.” See him play the early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night. Local singer-songwriter Clarence Bucaro opens.