British singer-songwriter Bobby Long has been writing his finely-crafted songs since taking up the guitar at age 16. After relocating from the countryside of South West England, he became a fixture at London ï¿½s open-mic nights while attending university there. Longï¿½s intensely personal songs resonate with audiences (not surprisingly, he credits Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Leonard Cohen as key influences), expanding his fan base exponentially during the massive six-month 2009 Dangerous Summer tour that comprised over 100 shows in cities across the U.S. and Canada.
The 10-song Dirty Pond Songs CD he recorded in his London bedroom is only available at his shows. The CDï¿½s ï¿½Left to Lieï¿½ topped the iTunes Unsigned chart and climbed to No. 8 on the Folk chart. Other popular tracks are the atmospheric story-song ï¿½The Bounty of Mary Jane,ï¿½ which is also available from iTunes, and the ballad ï¿½Who Have You Been Loving,ï¿½ which has received U.S. radio airplay resulting in his appearance on NPRï¿½s ï¿½World Cafï¿½ national broadcast. He released a collection of live performances from the Dangerous Summer 2009 tour, also available at his shows. It features the digital single ï¿½My Darling Belle,ï¿½ which reached #2 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart. In April, 2010, Bobby Long signed a label deal with ATO Records (founded by Dave Matthews), which plans to release his first studio albumï¿½produced by Liam Watson (Grammyï¿½-winner for Elephant by The White Stripesï¿½)ï¿½later in the year. He is always on tour.