Bobby Long returns to the road this summer for a combination of solo acoustic shows and a series of dates at which he will be backed by a band for the first time since arriving on American shores just over a year ago.
Long, who has been working on his recording debut album backed by studio musicians, has been anxious to bring this new dynamic to his live appearances and is looking forward to giving his hauntingly personal songs added depth and dimension.
The first of Long's band shows will be at New York's Highline Ballroom on Tuesday, June 15, followed by three other dates in the Northeast and a run of west coast dates in early July. His band is comprised of musicians he met while on a short run of US shows this May. In between the full band dates, he will perform solo.
Signed to ATO Records in April, Long has been making his self-financed studio debut under the helm of producer Liam Watson, who won a Grammy® for his work on Elephant by The White Stripes. They began recording at Watson's analog Toe Rag Studios in London during Long's short breaks from his hectic 2009 touring schedule - Bobby played 160 headline shows in seven months in seven countries.
Bobby Long's summer shows are:
June 15-Highline Ballroom, New York City (band date)
16-Harpers Ferry, Boston (band date)
17-Stage One, Fairfield, CT (band date)
18-World Café Live (main room), Philadelphia (band date)
23-The Space, Evanston, IL
24-The Basement, Columbus, OH
26-Mixtape Venue, Grand Rapids, MI
28-The Firebird, St. Louis
29-Record Bar, Kansas City
July 3-El Corazon, Seattle
4-Backstage Bar, Vancouver, BC
6-Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco (band date)
7-Anthology, San Diego (band date)
8-Wasted Space at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas (band date)
9-The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
17-XPoNential Music Festival, Wiggins Park, Camden, NJ;
August 14-Mile High Festival, Denver