Saturday, August 26, 7:30p
at the Roxbury Arts Center
5025 Vega Mountain Road
Bobby Long believes in making up for lost time. The young British singer-songwriter didn’t even start to play guitar until he was 17, but from then on he’s been creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics. With model good looks and an engaging smile, he is a formidable presence even before he begins to sing. And when he does sing, it’s with a heart-wrenching soulfulness that crushes any chance for apathy. It’s a voice that simply demands attention. Now armed with an enviable repertoire of material and a legion of loyal fans cultivated through non-stop touring, this force of nature will be impossible to ignore.
He cites Bob Dylan’s career, as well as his songwriting, as a major influence. He also lists Richie Havens, Neil Young, Tim Buckley and Leonard Cohen as influences, along with more modern troubadours like Elliott Smith and Conor Oberst. A love of American roots music shines through his songs, and Bobby is no dilettante when it comes to traditional sounds – his university thesis was on the social impact of American folk music.
Impressing a widening circle of admirers, including many critics, Bobby has packed venues across the United States, Canada and Europe. Bobby Long has supported 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. 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.