In 2010, Brooks began performing as solo act and released the largely acoustic collection The Songster in 2011. Also in 2011, the backing band The Mad Dog No Good was formed and released the EP Let’s Make Out To Otis Redding the following year. Two more single releases, “Spring” and “Ain’t Never Had A Good Time,” began receiving local airplay on WTMD Towson University Radio in 2013. In 2014, the band was named “Best Real R&B” in Baltimore City Paper and Brooks began a year-long Maryland Traditions apprenticeship with Wendell Holmes of the blues/roots band, The Holmes Brothers. Following Wendell’s passing, Brooks began playing guitar and singing with Sherman Holmes, Wendell’s dear brother and bandmate.
2015 saw the launch of The Songster Part II, a homemade continuing song series that serves to showcase non-Mad Dog No Good compositions. Later that year, Brooks Long & The Mad Do No Good entered the studio to record their debut album, Mannish Boys, released in May 2016.
Let's Make Out To Otis Redding - EP w/ The Mad Dog No Good - 2012
Spring - Single w/ The Mad Dog No Good - 2013
Ain't Never Had A Good Time - Single w/ The Mad Dog No Good - 2013
The Songster Part 2 - Continuing Song Series - Launched 2015
Mannish Boys - The Mad Dog No Good's Debut Album - Set for May 2013 release