thumb bobby long ode to thinkingODE TO THINKING is the result of a collaboration between Bobby Long and producer Mark Hallman, who operates the longest continuously-running studio in Texas. "We worked so fast," he says. "We recorded 14 songs in 11 days which is kind of unheard of really. Mark plays so many different instruments-drums, bass, piano-so he has everything at his fingertips, and he really understands what it takes to make a good sounding record. It felt like a special time recording it."

"This record started when I realized that the first five songs I wrote for it were probably the most personal songs I'd ever written," Long says of the new recording. "That was the start of the journey. 'Ode to Thinking' was one of the first songs I had written (for the album), and it was the definite turning point creatively where I felt, as I'm getting older, that I'm getting more interested in what's going on politically and socially. I now think it's really important to educate yourself and to take an interest in what's going on in the world."

The release of ODE TO THINKING will be supported by a U.S. concert tour that will begin in early August and initially focus on the Midwest into Texas. He will tour Europe during October followed by shows in the UK, and additional U.S. dates will follow. Prior to heading out in support of the new CD, Long is set to play the Acoustic Stage at the venerable Glastonbury Festival in England on Saturday, June 27. It will be his first high profile appearance in his native country.


Confirmed ODE TO THINKING tour dates are as follows:

June 27-Acoustic Stage, Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury, England

August 1-McCabe's Guitar Shop, Los Angeles
August 8-Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA
August 11-Club Café, Pittsburgh, PA
August 12-Musica, Akron, OH
August 13-Rumba Café, Columbus, OH
August 14-Southgate House (Revival Room), Newport, KY
August 15-The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
August 18-Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
August 19-Radio Radio, Indianapolis
August 20-Rozz-Tox, Rock Island, IL
August 24-The Frequency, Madison, WI
August 25-Firebird, St. Louis, MO
August 28-Record Bar Kansas City, MO
August 29-The Blue Door, Oklahoma City
August 30-Sam's Burger Joint, San Antonio, TX
September 2-Cactus Club, Austin, TX
September 3-Poor David's Pub, Dallas, TX
September 4-Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
September 25-World Café Live, Wilmington, DE
September 26-The Linda, Albany, NY
September 27-Katharine Hepburn Theatre, Old Saybrook, CT

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