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British singer/songwriter Bobby Long came to recognition when his friend Robert Pattinson sang his song "Let Me Sign" co-written with Marcus Foster on the soundtrack to the popular vampire film Twilight in 2008. A Winter Tale, his debut studio album for ATO Records, demonstrates that he has spent a lot of time listening to early albums by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash, having learned the chords and fingerpicking he employs on his guitar, some harmonica playing, and, particularly, his poetic lyric-writing style. His husky singing voice also sounds a bit like the young Dylan, or perhaps more like a less arch Tom Petty. His lyrics have a stream-of-conscious style, revealing a poetic persona at the heart of ...
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British singer/songwriter Bobby Long came to recognition when his friend Robert Pattinson sang his song "Let Me Sign" co-written with Marcus Foster on the soundtrack to the popular vampire film Twilight in 2008. A Winter Tale, his debut studio album for ATO Records, demonstrates that he has spent a lot of time listening to early albums by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash, having learned the chords and fingerpicking he employs on his guitar, some harmonica playing, and, particularly, his poetic lyric-writing style. His husky singing voice also sounds a bit like the young Dylan, or perhaps more like a less arch Tom Petty. His lyrics have a stream-of-conscious style, revealing a poetic persona at the heart of his songs, and it's the lonely hero that appears most often, a person who is romantic himself even if he seems unable to be romantic with a potential loved one at whom the songs are directed. "I'm crazy to love," he declares in "A Passing Tale," "and I'm crazy to die/I'm lost in this world, and I don't know why." In "Two Years Old," while the music may suggest Johnny Cash, the words suggest Wilfred Owen, the World War I-era British poet who died in the trenches, but not before capturing the loss of innocence -- and of life -- suffered in a harsh conflict. At such a moment, it's clear Long isn't just a young man playing with words. ~ William Ruhlman
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882172022
  • Catalog Number: 21720
  • Sales rank: 31,692

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Long Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Nona Hendryx Vocals, Guest Appearance
Rupert Brown Percussion, Drums
B.J. Cole Dobro
Matt Radford Bass
Ed Turner Guitar
Lay Low Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jason Wilson Bass
Maddy Reid Clarke Background Vocals
Joe Glossop Organ, Piano, Mellotron
Technical Credits
Liam Watson Producer, Engineer
Brett Kilroe Art Direction
Robin C. Hendrickson Art Direction
Bobby Long Composer
Noel Somerville Mastering
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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    A Winter Tale ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one of the most soulful and creative albums I have ever had the pleasure of owning. His poetry is beyond description. No singer songwriter around these days can write like Bobby! His albums have substance a rare quality today! Bobby Long is AN ARTIST TO WATCH FOR! I believe his contributions to modern music will prove to be legendary and influential. Thanks Bobby Long for such a GREAT & WONDERFUL album! To those of you out there who haven't bought this album yet BUY IT NOW!

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