Long’s emergence as an up-and-coming artist is the stuff Hollywood loves to make movies about. He recorded his debut effort – a 10-song EP titled Dirty Pond Songs – in his bedroom. So far, the disc has sold 10,000 copies as he continues to amaze audiences with a bare-bones sound reminiscent of early Bob Dylan.

But it was the track he co-wrote with Marcus Foster – “Let Me Sign” – that drew audiences to Long’s performances after it was included in the soundtrack for the mega-popular movie “Twilight.” Fans of the movie know the song was sung by the flick’s star vampire – actor Robert Pattinson – who used to perform with Long during open-mic nights at London clubs.

Long has shucked his bedroom recording setup to work on his studio debut album with Liam Watson who co-produced The White Stripe’s 2003 Elephant CD with Jack White. But before he goes back to the studio he has a few U.S. gigs, including a stop at Austin’s SXSW where he’ll play the Hilton Garden Inn Creekside March 18.

A bit sooner is a radio broadcast from Philadelphia’s World Café Live as part of Philadelphia public radio station WXPN’s [email protected] broadcast, March 12. Long also plays the World Café Live the following night at 11 p.m.

Other gigs include New York City’s Mercury Lounge March 15; Dallas at Poor David’s Pub March 16; Houston at the Hideaway March 22; The Bamboozle California festival at Angel Stadium of Anaheim March 28 and The Bamboozle New Jersey in E. Rutherford at the Meadowlands Sports Complex May 1. More dates will be announced shortly.

For more information about Bobby Long, just click here for the artist’s MySpace page. That is, until he gets his own Wikipedia page.

For more about Long’s [email protected] performance, including information for attending the show, click here for the WXPN Web site.