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Young British songwriter Bobby Long cut loose with a set of high-energy electric blues for the Non-COMM crowd during Friday’s Free at Noon. “We’ll only get up this early for XPN,” he told the audience. Listen back to the performance in its entirety
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Releasing their debut album in 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have championed the art of blues rock for over 30 years. Famous for singles such as "Tuff Enuff" and "Wrap It Up," the group is so much more than their Billboard Hot 100 hits. Lead by the band's co-founder and sole original member, Kim Wilson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds continue to develop their already distinctive and powerful sound with additional musical styles. Such development is showcased on the band's most recent album, On the Verge, which came out in mid-March. The album is a departure from blues rock and explores a more soulful side of music, marking the beginning of a new era and new flock of Fabulous Thunderbirds.



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Recent Release: On the Verge
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Label: Severn Records


British singer-songwriter Bobby Long bases his acoustic style in the traditions of folk and Americana. His 2011 debut, A Winter Tale, displays his talent and love of each genre, as he produces a rhythmic and energetic blend of guitar and vocals. Long's newest album, Wishbone, was released this past February and features a compilation of the roughness and rawness brought to these musical styles. Wishbone allows listeners to experience a maturation in Long as he strives to improve his musical capability.





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Recent Release: Wishbone
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Label: ATO Records


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TODAY AT THE KIMMEL CENTER Join Helen Leicht from 10am to 2pm as she broadcasts live to celebrate PIFA and our Friday Free At Noon Concert! Featuring British singer-songwriter Bobby Long.





Surprisingly enough, the large acoustic body of work of British singer-songwriter Bobby Long has its roots in folk and even Americana. His love of American singers such as Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, and Neil Young serves as a strong influence over his own music. His debut studio album from 2011, A Winter Tale, showcases his reverence for the genre, merging his acoustic sound with a powerful band to support him.

Long's newest studio release, Wishbone, came out earlier this February. The album was written and recorded in New York, Long's residence for almost four years now and a place he says he feels "more at home than he ever did in his native country." Wishbone compiles the rough and raw vocals and guitar styles of Long with a more melancholic tone, making the whole album more grounded. Long is currently touring the U.S. in promotion of Wishbone.


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Recent Release: Wishbone
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Label: ATO Records


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Bobby Long British singer-songwriter Bobby Long has been writing his keenly-crafted songs since taking up the guitar at age 16. After relocating from his native Wessex, he became a fixture at open-mic nights around London while attending university there. Among his companions on the circuit were fellow musicians Marcus Foster and Robert Pattinson, the former with whom he co-wrote a song that the latter would sing in the popular tween movie "Twilight." Long's 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 some 100 shows in cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Of his first recordings, the 10-song Dirty Pond Songs CD was recorded in his London bedroom and featured chart topping singles such as "Left to Lie." Eventually climbing to no.8 on the Folk charts, his initial efforts were met with great international success. And in 2010, Long took to the studio to put together his first studio album "A winter Tale," which was released at the start of February. Working with Grammy award winner Liam Watson, the album marks the beginnings of a promising career.

Lucky for us, he's playing a full show (at World Cafe Live on Friday night. Expect plenty of female swooning.

Website: http://www.bobby-long.co.uk/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/musicbobbylong Recent Release: A Winter Tale
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Label: ATO Records
Origin: Calne, England

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British singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Long's anticipated debut studio album 'A WINTER TALE', produced by Liam Watson (White Stripes) will be released February 1st, 2011 on ATO Records. Currently residing in New York City, the 24-year old Long has been writing finely-crafted songs since taking up the guitar at age 17; from then on he's been creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics.

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