You’ll be seeing a lot more of Jake Bugg over the next 12 months. Recently signed to Mercury, Nottingham based singer/songwriter Jake Bugg has bags of potential and some great songs.
The first thing I thought when I heard him was ‘like Bob Dylan, with a better voice, but not quite as good songs’ – that’s not to say that his songs are bad – far from it, they’re very good, it’s just that Bob Dylan is is a tough act to follow as a songwriter/storyteller. Jake Bugg has a much, much better voice than him though (although is that really that hard?) and a lot of potential to really get somewhere.
Solo artists are becoming more sought after, and I dare to dream that X-Factor style singers will soon die out – labels now want the finished product, artists that can write their own music (to a high standard), play an instrument as well as having a great voice. Jake ticks all those boxes and so it was only a matter of time before he got signed. Say what you like about Ed Sheeran (I think he’s incredibly talented, and I’m super pleased he’s done as well as he has), I’d much rather have an artist like him top of the charts than Alexandra Burke or JLS. At least he writes his owns songs, plays an instrument, has a unique voice and has a bit of personality. Jake Bugg is only 18 but has a bright future ahead of him, and it’s not unrealistic to think that he could become a seriously important UK male singer/songwriter in the years ahead.
Here’s Trouble Town, which can be downloaded for free from his Facebook page for the price of a ‘Like’, like.
He’s playing Old Queens Head on 27 March, so pop down and see this talented lad before he starts playing bigger venues and charging £25 a ticket.