Brooks Long
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Brooks Long

Chestertown, Maryland, United States | SELF

Chestertown, Maryland, United States | SELF
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w/ The Took - The Took Makes An EP - 2009

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Brooks didn't grow up on the rough streets of Baltimore, but did grow up in a house that was on the rough streets of Baltimore. Saw things many childhoods have never experienced. "I'm sure plenty of kids saw a lot more than I did, but yeah, my eyes were open." His family's grounding in the Baptist church kept him away from the temptations the street offered. "My dad's side is filled with preachers. Not really my thing anymore, but the music is great."

In between singing in gospel choirs, listening to Earth, Wind and Fire in his parents' car and sneaking home some Jay-Z and Eminem cds, Brooks heard this band called Queen. "I got a guitar, learned to play, fell in love. I learned to write songs and fell even deeper. Developed an unhealthy thirst for music, all kinds."

While pursuing a degree in English and Music History at Washington College, Brooks began playing guitar, writing and singing in the funky, rocking four-piece, The Took. "Three of the best musicians on the planet."

These days, in addition to playing in The Took and backing Neo-Soul artist Adrian Blu, he plays solo acoustic shows showcasing his eclectic, often humorous compositions and soulful, inspired singing. Everything he's learned from from artists as diverse as Al Green and Bruce Springsteen, Cody Chestnutt and Muddy Waters, Randy Newman and The Flaming Lips, channeled through one voice, one guitar and his own eccentric personality. "I don't want to say I have an old soul. I do, I just don't want to say that. It's just what all the serious artists say. I'm not always so serious. Hell, I don't know what I do. All I know is I try to make the most powerful music I can every night. I really am passionate about this stuff. I think people can tell."