While the Baltimore music scene may just now be recognizing the talent of Brooks Long ’08, the man who “writes his own soul,” Washington College has long known about this talented artist. He and his band return to campus for Brooks’s fifth year reunion during this year’s Alumni Weekend.
Brooks was born in Baltimore, MD, and music allowed him to channel the “deep thoughts” that life in a house on the tough streets of the city inspired in him. He started off performing as part of various gospel choirs, including one that found him backing Shania Twain on stage, before expanding his repertoire to include guitar and songwriting.
Now, he is part soul shouter and part poet, melding the traditions of vintage R&B and Blues with the aesthetics of classic singer/songwriters to bring the old school into the 21st century through a style all his own. Whether by himself or with his backing band, Mad Dog No Good, he brings to his live shows the kind of passion, energy and humor rare in today’s music scene. He released a solo album, “The Songster,” in fall 2011, and Mad Dog No Good’s EP “Let’s Make Out To Otis Redding” came out in June of 2012.
The music scene took notice; Brooks was recognized as one of DC/Baltimore’s “Best Emerging Artists” by The Deli Magazine, and has headlined at the premier Baltimore stage, Rams Head Live. He has also shared the stage with such varied acts as Ben Lee, The Dan Band, Elizabeth and The Catapult, 2-time Grammy Nominee Karter Jaymes and Femi the Dri Fish.