A contemporary folk artist from the outskirts of Manchester, England, Bobby Long received his first big break in 2008 when his song "Let Me Sign" was included on the digital release of the Twilight soundtrack.
Although the Twilight version featured vocals by Robert Pattinson, Long's close friend and star of the blockbuster vampire flick, its inclusion helped spark interest in Long's stripped-down acoustic music, which he modeled after simpatico artists like Ryan Adams and the Felice Brothers. A series of self-released albums followed, and Long signed with ATO Records in April 2010 before issuing the Stranger Songs EP later that year. His official full-length debut, A Winter Tale, followed in 2011, featuring an eclectic sound that moved beyond Long's acoustic roots to encompass electric country, folk, and bar band rock & roll. He supported the album with an American and European tour. In England, the tour was so successful it became a media event. In 2013, Long issued the Ted Hutt-produced Wishbone, followed in 2015 by the Mark Hallman-produced Ode to Thinking. ~ Andrew Leahey