Review: Bobby Long wins over the Twihards at Dunedin Brewery

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A healthy crowd gathered Sunday at Dunedin Brewery to experience murky, passionate acoustic folk from British singer-songwriter Bobby Long.

Pre-show, I conducted a little survey among attendees. I found that while most fans may have been introduced to Long by way of Twilight (he co-wrote the ballad Let Me Sign, sung by heartthrob-of-the-decade Robert Pattinson on the iTunes version of the soundtrack), they had fallen in love with Long’s intimate tales and gorgeous finger-picking above all. In other words, fans weren’t here attempting to get a step closer to Pattinson. They were here for the music.

I chatted briefly with the painfully shy, but witty Long (he thought it would be fun to pose with the dartboard in the picture). As a fisherman, he told me he was glad to be in “one of his favorite areas.” In fact, his aunt and uncle have a place nearby, he said.

Before Long took the stage, longtime local artist Dean Johanesen of The Human Condition warmed things up nicely with welcoming acoustic folk songs (for which I think he earned some new supporters – well deserved).

Throughout the evening, a shaggy-haired Long showed his love for Elliott Smith, Gram Parsons and Nick Drake, though his take on sad, twangy folk always seemed very much original, relevant and engaging. Perhaps his most stunning performance came on Two Years Old, inspired by his grandfather, a pilot in WWII.

Like pal Pattinson, the bashful and mysterious Long has what it takes to garner his own crop of adoring fans. In Long’s case, though, he’ll do it out on the road nightly, without the backing of a blockbuster film.

-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*

***UPDATE***

Good news, Twihards. If you missed Long on Sunday, you have another chance to catch him this Thursday. He'll play an impromptu, "not-so-secret, secret show" at 7 p.m. said Dunedin Brewery general manager Travis Kruger.

"He loved the venue, and us here at the venue liked him quite a bit, and we see A LOT of live music," Kruger said. "So we are very happy there will be another opportunity not only for his fans to see him but also to try to turn more people on to his music."

Ticket prices are still to be determined, but Kruger expects a $10-$15 cover. Call the Dunedin Brewery at (727) 736-0606 for details.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:12pm]

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