Friday Feature : Jake Bugg

This 19 year old Indie-Rock/Folk/Blues songwriter and musician from England is gracing The Riviera Theatre in Chicago tomorrow night (January 18th). People call him a young Bob Dylan, and although Bugg finds that a compliment, he says Dylan is not a major influence on his music.

What I find fascinating is the fact that he has so much depth in his songwriting and his guitar playing is accomplished for someone who picked up the guitar at the age of 12. The term “old soul” comes to mind. I hear his covers of Jimi Hendricks are amazing.

And my kids love the fact that his English accent can be heard when he sings.


You are most likely familiar with “Lightning Bolt” from his first self-titled album which came to the US in April 2013.

If this next song doesn’t affect you, then you are a confirmed robot!

So of course the States got a hold of him and musicians and producers wanted a piece. He released his second album, Shangri La in November 2013 (originally slated for 2014, but his US tour began) with producer Rick Rubin. You know, The Rick Rubin. He took him under his wing, fattened up the guitar parts and hooked him up with guest musicians like Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pete Thomas and wrote more songs with Iain Archer. It’s a fantastic sophomore album and has a more rock and roll influence. But what I found so refreshing is when I watched an interview about the experience and he didn’t know who these musicians were! He’s younger, yes, but hopefully that mentality of just wanting to create meaningful and “real” music stays with him. He doesn’t seem the type to get caught up with the hype. Long may it last!


Jake Bugg was nominated for “solo artist” at the BRIT and NME awards this year (still pending) and hopefully a Grammy.

I need to stop watching video clips and finish an amazing book that I can’t wait to share with you on Monday!!

Have a wonderful weekend.


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