Long Walk Home

Long Walk Home

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Long Walk Home is an independent rock and roll quintet who mix personal, introspective lyrics with climactic and often anthemic instrumentals, resulting in a live show that has come to be regarded as one of the best and most energetic in Philadelphia.


Long Walk Home is a rock and roll quintet based in Philadelphia, PA. With the release of their latest album, 2009's Heavy Sand, Long Walk Home has taken a huge leap forward in continuing a musical path that has been moving and evolving for over 7 years. With three LPs completed, and a long list of successful performances in the tri-state area, the band now looks to translate their local success to a national level.

The roots of Long Walk Home can be traced back to 2000, when guitarist/singer Julian Booker and drummer Mark Rybaltowski began playing in the basements of their childhood homes in Hockessin, DE. They soon added guitarist/vocalist Pete Nellius and bassist Anthony Boxler to the band, and played their first show as Long Walk Home in spring 2002. After two early recordings, the foursome released their self-titled LP in 2006, and shortly thereafter welcomed guitarist Kevin Ryan to the band. Since then, Long Walk Home has blended southern rock, blues, pop, and improvisation to create an electrifying live show and generate an enthusiastic fanbase in the Philadelphia region.

From headlining the Grape Street Pub on Halloween and New Year's in 2007, to a residency at The North Star Bar in 2009, to the honor of being named "Delaware's best alternative band" by Spark Magazine last spring, the band has gained considerable recognition in the area. Philadelphia Weekly's Katherine Silkaitis describes Heavy Sand as "[encompassing] the many faces of rock music: simple, catchy harmonies interspersed with climactic bridges, memorable lyrics and guitar-and-drum driven melodies...every song is nuanced and modulating." The album features for the first time keyboards by Nellius, as well as plentiful harmonies, and a raw but tight group of diverse songs. From the pop-tinged, well-harmonized "Friday Party" penned by Rybaltowski, to the southern jam-infused "April 22nd," to Booker's anthemic closing track "Anthracite Towns," Heavy Sand has solidified Long Walk's place in the cream of a blossoming music city's crop.


"Heavy Sand"- 2009 LP
-"In a Red Dress, You Put Your Hand on My Shoulder"- single off "Heavy Sand"
-"Long Walk Home"- self-titled 2006 LP
-"Live Before You Die"- 2004 LP
-"The Liberation EP"- 2003

Set List

We play 45 minute sets featuring material from our two most recent LPs, and 3 hour sets mixing in an ever-changing rotation of older material, and covers from bands including Pavement, The Velvet Underground, Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, The Band, and other personal influences.