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Bob Long: Bio

Bob's love of the blues started in the 1960s, listening to The Rolling Stones who were then playing numbers from Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and Jimmy Reed. He bought the records of these old bluesmen and began a musical odyssey back in time through the 50s, 40s and 30s to the early blues and jug band recordings of the 20s.

During the 70s and early 80s Bob appeared at folk clubs and pubs, sometimes solo, more often with a harmonica player - notably his schoolfriend, Keith Miller. His musical pursuits were then pushed aside due to the pressures of running his own business from the mid-80s until 1999 when he returned to playing the blues and recorded an album Cow Pie - The First Thirty Years with Keith Miller and Richard Bolton. Bob sold his business, a wastes management consultancy, in February 2005 and since then has been able to spend more time enjoying the blues; both listening and playing.

These days he is a frequent visitor to the Mississippi Delta and the surrounding area, enjoying the blues heritage, the southern hospitality and the present day music scene. During recent trips Bob has played at The Ground Zero Blues Club, Hopson's , The Delta Amusement Cafe and Red's in Clarksdale, at Po Monkey's in Merigold, at The Walnut Street Blues Bar in Greenville and on the KFFA Radio Station in Helena on Sonny Payne's legendary King Biscuit Time show. He was also one of many blues musicians playing open-air during the 2005 Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival and again in 2006 and every year until 2110.

In October 2006 Bob appeared in The Tommy Johnson Blues Festival in Crystal Springs, Mississippi and played at The Mardi Gras and 930 Blues clubs in Jackson. In 2007and again in 2010 he returned to Mississippi for The Second and fifth Tommy Johnson Festival

When at home in Hampshire, England, his gigs are mostly in pubs, restaurants and festivals, notably, Blues & Booze In The Bury at Odiham. He is a frequent performer at Sway Acoustic Blues in The New Forest and he runs a monthly blues jam at The Platform Tavern in Southampton, Hampshire.

Bob’s influences include
Ma Rainey
Bessie Smith
Charley Patton
Tommy Johnson
Scrapper Blackwell
Bukka White
Leroy Carr
Tampa Red
Leadbelly
Memphis Minnie
Fred McDowell
Rev. Gary Davis
Big Bill Broonzy
Memphis Slim
Washboard Sam
Curtis Jones
Muddy Waters
Champion Jack Dupree
John Lee Hooker
Howlin’ Wolf
Elmore James
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

And some Europeans, Past and present, including
Graham Bond
Zoot Money
Gerry Lockran
Giles Hedley
Steve Phillips
Peter McGlade
Michel Crichton
Jo-Ann and Dave Kelly
Dave Peabody and
Michael Messer