British singer-songwriter Bobby Long will begin 2011 by embarking on the first leg of a North American concert tour as a headliner in support of his long-awaited recording debut, A WINTER TALE, from New York-based independent label ATO Records. The collection of 11 original songs, produced by Grammy®-winner Liam Watson, will be released on February 1, 2011.
Long, who now makes his home in New York City and perhaps is best-known as the songwriter behind “Let Me Sign” featured in the blockbuster film Twilight, has cultivated a devoted fan base through non-stop touring in the United States, Canada and Europe. Known for a repertoire deeply rooted in American folk, blues and country music, he will return to the road with a band of crack musicians to fully bring his gritty, powerful material to life on stage. As the San Diego Entertainer described it: “All his songs are like a well-orchestrated ballet of chord progressions and vocals that pluck at the deepest confined thoughts of your soul.” Long recently made the New York Posts‘ list for “10 Artists To Watch in 2011”.
The special edition 5-song vinyl EP called STRANGER SONGS that was released in November as a preview of the forthcoming CD has already sold out of its initial pressing. Comprising three tracks from A WINTER TALE plus two bonus tracks, it reached #1 on both the CIMS Vinyl debut chart and AIMS debut chart compiled by independent record stores nationally. A second pressing will be available for the holiday season.
Confirmed Bobby Long tour dates are as follows:
Jan 28 Vancouver, BC Media Club
Jan 29 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
Jan 31 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Feb 2 San Francisco, CA Café DuNord
Feb 3 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Feb 4 San Diego, CA Anthology
Feb 5 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Feb 8 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
Feb 10 Denver, CO Bluebird
Feb 11 Lawrrence, KS Bottleneck
Feb 12 St Louis, MO Old Rock House
Feb 14 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Feb 15 Minneapolis Triple Rock
Feb 16 Milwaukee, WI Turner Ballroom
Feb 17 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
Feb 18 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
Feb 19 Columbus, OH Basement
Feb 21 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
Feb 22 Toronto Revival
Feb 23 Montreal Divan
Feb 24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Feb 25 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
Feb 26 Boston, MA Brighton
Feb 28 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
Mar 1 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
Mar 3 New York, NY Bowery
Mar 4 Philadelphia, PA World Café
Mar 5 Washington DC Jammin Java
Long will also return to the SxSW Music Conference in Austin, March 16-20. Additional dates will be announced shortly.