10 years ago

Bugg: ‘an East Midlands Bob Dylan’

Well, where to start with this extremely talented Englishman Jacob Edwin Kennedy aka Jake Bugg. Bugg, the 10-cigarette-a-day-lit, 18 year old, grew up in Clifton, Nottingham, once the largest housing estate in Europe. His self-titled Folk, Rock debut album went straight to number one in October with first-week album sales of 35,000, fending off competition. And knocking Mumford & Sons off the top spot in the UK. His work is influenced by Bob Dylan, Alice In Chains, Jimi Hendrix, Oasis and The Beatles. And you hear it all back in the Album. With his breakthrough performance in May this year at Jools Holland: Lightning BoltTrouble Town and Country song. And playing at the I-Tunes Festival in London. Then he toured America with Noel Gallagher; supported the Stone Roses and Lana Del Rey. His International breakthrough was a fact. Bugg first became interested in music at the age of 12, after hearing Don McLean’s Vincent (VIDEO) on an episode of The Simpsons. ‘After I’d looked at all of McLean’s music, I really wanted to learn the guitar. My uncle coincidentally came round with an acoustic and showed me a couple of chords.’ Both his Buggs parents recorded some songs in their younger days but he didn’t listen to their stuff. He began playing bass in his older cousin’s band, and around the same time began writing songs, citing the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Donovan, Johnny Cash and the Everly Brothers as inspirations. By 16, he had dropped out of a music technology course at college and began playing local gigs. On a whim, he uploaded some songs to the BBC’s Introducing scheme in 2010, and by June 2011 was playing the Introducing tent at Glastonbury. A record deal with Mercury swiftly followed. Check the Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt – Official Video. Completely shot in Amsterdam, Netherlands. And Jake Bugg – Someone Told Me Music Promo The single ‘Lightning Bolt’ got released on December 24. Jake Bugg’s UK tour starts on February 2. A-One-to-follow-and-listen! (SPOTIFY)