Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Community Arts and Programming Fellow
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Brooks Long was attracted to a wide range of music from an early age and spent much of his youth in various gospel choirs, including the Baltimore Police Youth choir that gave him the opportunity to back country music star Shania Twain. When he was 13-years-old, Brooks took guitar lessons and started writing his own songs. He had written over 100 songs by the time he was a freshman at Washington College in 2004, and when he graduated with a BA in English and Music History in 2008, he had honed his craft in various bands.
As a recording artist, Brooks has released several albums, including Mannish Boys in 2016. The record’s lead single “Got Soul” was voted #2 on WTMD’s Top 89 Songs of 2016, behind David Bowie’s “Lazarus”.
In 2014, Brooks began a year-long Maryland Traditions apprenticeship with Wendell Holmes of the Blues/Roots band, The Holmes Brothers. Following Wendell’s untimely passing, Brooks began playing guitar and singing with Sherman Holmes, Wendell’s brother and bandmate.