Artist of the Week: Jake Bugg

jake buggThis week, WERS is featuring Jake Bugg as our Artist of the Week!

Hailing from Robin Hood’s hometown of Nottingham, this English singer-songwriter’s young career seems to be taking off of late.  He started playing guitar at age 12 after an introduction from his uncle and by age 16 (he’s only 19 now) he had dropped out of school to focus on music.  As if that wasn’t awesome enough, he says his formative musical experience was hearing Don MacLean’s “Vincent” on an episode of The Simpsons.  Hard not to be a fan of the kid.

His debut self-titled album was released in October in the UK and April 9th on this side of the pond.  It debuted at #1 in his home country and promptly went platinum, and it’s also rising up the US charts.  It’s probably not accurate to say that Bugg is “one to watch,” considering he’s already more successful than most artists and has already produced a great album.  With folk-influenced indie rock gems like “Two fingers” and (my personal favorite) “Lightning Bolt,” it’s easy to get excited about what we’ll get to see over the course of Bugg’s career.  He’ll be at the Paradise this September, although he still has two years until he can legally drink in America.  Try not to think too much about what you were doing at 19 in comparison.

By Bentley J. Holt

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