The Twilight Soundtrack's Bobby Long: A Music Mix meet and greet

Bobbylong_lFriendship with Twilight dreamboat Robert Pattinson has its privileges. Twenty-two-year-old singer-songwriter Bobby Long met the then-struggling actor a while back at the popular London open-mic Up All Night, and the pair quickly became close; since then, the 2008 release of the film soundtrack’s spare, gravelly ballad "Let Me Sign," sung by Pattinson and penned by Long and friend Marcus Foster, has suddenly catapulted Long into a whole new world of Twi-fans and frenzied media attention.

On a visit today to EW’s offices, the lanky, swoopy-haired Brit talked to us about his upcoming American tour dates, and the hazards of ancillary — if still white-hot — fame. "Rob gets it 99 million percent more," Long admits, "but it’s still mad. He and I went to the premiere in London together, and he was just getting molested right and left. For me, it’s clearly not as extreme, but it’s still amazing to watch. And you know," he adds with a laugh, "there was free booze everywhere, so we got quite drunk and I just kept bothering the guy from Superbad, McLovin’. He was very nice about it."

Long — whose stripped-down, acoustic style recalls many of the artists he professes to love, including Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, and the Felice Brothers, as well as more classic acts like Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan and the Beatles — would prefer to be known strictly for his music, but he admits that a gift horse’s mouth is a tough thing to look into: "Twilight has given me an amazing opportunity, and beggars can’t be choosers. I mean, it’s gotten me to New York for the first time, and I love it here already. Though I have played a few shows where I worry for certain females in the audience. Sometimes they get so shaky, and I’m like, ‘Are you OK? Do you need some water?’"

Stateside fans will get their first chance to see him in person this week in New York, before he travels on to Nashville and Los Angeles for several more showcases and meets with a cadre of eager major-label reps (manager Phil Taylor says nearly every A&R guy in the business has contacted him over the last few weeks, though he has yet to sign with any of them); a longer, multi-city US tour kicks off July 30 in Dallas.

In the meantime, you can stream several songs on his MySpace page ("They’re very homemade," Long admits good-naturedly. "You can even hear traffic sounds from outside my bedroom window on some of them."), or download the popular track "Left to Lie" on iTunes — and tell us, what do you think of Mr. Long? Will you be seeing him on the road this summer, or saving your money for New Moon tickets?

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  • ryann

    Bobby Long is great singer/songwriter. I know that we will be seeing much more of him. Best of luck to ya Bobby.

  • Mary

    One of the best things about Robert Pattinson’s success is that I am now aware/in love with his friends music. Bobby Long, Marcus Foster, and Sam Bradley are all amazing and I can’t wait for more music.

  • Sitatara

    Bobby’s music is brilliant and I’m glad to see he’s finally being recognized. I have tickets to both Nashville shows next week. Can’t wait!

  • dymndiz

    Bobby’s music is outstanding! I will be attending all 3 shows in LA. The first show is sold out already but there are still tickets available for the other two. April 17 at the Whisky A Go-Go and April 18 at the Hotel Cafe. Grab your friends and get tickets!!!

  • Diane

    Bobby is an amazing singer/songwriter. I’ve already got my tickets purchased for this summer’s show. Can’t wait.

  • Sall

    I love Bobby!
    Thank you so much for featuring him!!

  • Larrami

    Bobby has a beautiful soul which is clearly showcased thru his music. Great things are ahead for him!

  • Christine

    Bobbby is very talented and I really look forward to seeing him perform live in Los Angeles this week and then In Seattle in August!

  • Jenny

    It’s so nice to see Bobby receiving the coverage he deserves! He’ll step out of the Twilight shadow soon enough, no doubt. I cannot wait to see him in Nashville!!!

  • Myriam

    I’m so glad to see Bobby get some attention. He truly deserves it as his music is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. I can’t wait to see him this September. I’m sure he’ll have a recording contract in no time. <3

  • Kimmie

    Bobby is one of my favorite current day singer/songwriters! Right on EW for sharing! I will be attending Bobbys Nashville gigs and then the Colorado gigs in August.

  • Sheila

    Great Interview! I’ts great to see that EW is recognizing the superb talent of Bobby Long. I hope this article gives a chance for old and new fans to get a chance to learn more about Bobby and help take his career to the heights that he deserves. Please go out and see Bobby while on tour this year. I will be attending all 3 L.A. shows April 16 at a sold out Hotel Cafe, April 17 at the Infamous Whisky a go go, ( all ages ) and April 18 and Hotel Cafe.
    I hope that others out there join us in welcoming Bobby to the U.S.

  • LRilea

    I am seeing him Friday, and looking forward to it immensely. I love how self-depracating he is about his whole vicariously-experiencing-through-Rob thing. If only Rob would figure out that we don’t fault him for being a good singer, and a star in Twilight. Can’t wait to see Bobby. His music is beautiful.

  • LadyJane

    Bobby Long is a very talented singer/songwriter/musician! I wish I could see one of his April shows, but I’m going this summer! Thanks for the awesome article! I love his music.

  • Sheilah

    I downloaded “Left to Lie” a few weeks ago and I think it’s an amazing song. I love his voice – and his are the sort of songs that make me excited about music. It’s what I want to hear is what I am trying to say. I am totally going to see him when he comes to Detroit in Aug. Can’t wait!

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