Long before his first album, Bobby Long acquired a following due to his friendship with a certain sparkling vampire and writing a song for one very popular soundtrack. Soon after, he released A Winter Tale. The album earned quite a few Folk generalizations due to its acoustic styling. That was pretty unfair to the thoughtful lyrics and intricate picking of the plaid-clad lad from England. Remember: If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might actually be a Canadian Goose.
A Winter Tale was beautiful and incredibly Bluesy. The fans he had ate it up and new listeners soon gathered in front of the awkward, shoe-staring singer as well.
Two years later, he’s offered up something new for our consideration. Wishbone finds Long going electric. It’s an album rich with texture and heart, but it’s a little … tired. The electric rifts have all been heard before — not just on other people’s records but also throughout Wishbone. It’s hardly a sophomore slump, but Long has tried too hard to separate it from his first effort and lost sight of where he shines (on the acoustic guitar).
Gig-wise, two years ago, Long’s live show lacked much connection. He was stunted and shy then, but hopefully with less intricate playing to hold his focus, Long can find that connection with his fans in the live setting.
BOBBY LONG performs Friday, April 5 at 20th Century Theater in Oakley with guest Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.