Interview with Bobby Long

Bobby Long just released his latest album - Wishbone - and will be performing at WYEP's Final Fridays at Schenley Plaza on September 30, 2013.  Joey Spehar of The Morning Mix talked with Bobby Long about the progression of his sound and the inspiration for the title Wishbone.

Bobby Long is a singer-songwriter from the UK.  Long was born just outside of Manchester in Wigan.  Long currently resides in New York but holds to his Wigan roots.  Long started off as a solo act but has recently recorded with a live band.

Although he now works with a full band, Bobby Long got his start performing solo.  Long discusses the difference between playing with a band and solo, “You’ve got freedom, you can do whatever you want and move things around.  You don’t have to look to your left and your right to make sure that everyone is on the same page.  I’m just lucky I get to do both.”

Each Bobby Long album is different from the previous.  Long’s latest record, Wishbone, carries a heavier, almost classic rock style.  Bobby Long discusses his natural progression musically from album to album, “I love progressing in terms of myself and feeling good enough in myself to follow my convictions. If that’s the kind of music I’m writing, I should really put it out.  I don’t want to make the same album twice.”

Bobby Long uses a variety of influences when writing music.  Long talked with Joey about the inspiration behind the track off of Wishbone “Devil Moon,” “I played on my own for three years and I was desperate to play electric and play really loud.  That was really the first song I wrote in that whole collection of songs.  I wrote this on a weird night, [there was] a full moon or something.  I was having a conversation with a friend about this kind of weird idea that the moon affects everything.  When the moon is full it’s weird and wonderful and it freaks everyone out.”