Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meet Jake Bugg

He's 18, he's got melody and a knack for words, he's cute and right now, in the UK, Jake Bugg is receiving more scrutiny than Lindsey Lohan wandering around in a Harry Winston shop.

Depending on who you trust, he's either the second coming of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Billy Bragg all rolled into one, or a wanky exercise for late 40-and-early-50-somethings you'd see at a Paul Weller show. That is, if you live in a city large enough to have enough Paul Weller fans to fill a room in the first place. Either way, when the Nottingham-raised Bugg's debut album knocked Mumford and Sons out of the #1 spot on the UK charts, people sat up.

Recently Nashville got a look at Bugg when he opened for Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at the Ryman, where an already impressed fan had the camera rolling.

The only US release available is his "Two Fingers" EP, but the full length is out there as an import. On Lightning 100 we're playing "Two Fingers," a minor anthem for anyone who's ever faced the choice of self-medication or flight. I'm pretty sure we were the first in the country to add it, a few weeks ago. And if you want to see why people are throwing in Johnny Cash comparisons, here you go ....

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