From the heart of Nottingham comes the talented musician, singer and songwriter, Jake Bugg. Born Jacob Edwin Kennedy, Bugg discovered his love of music through Don McLean’s “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” on an episode of the Simpsons. Mercury Records scooped him up at the age of 17 shortly after performing on the BBC “Introducing” stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 2011.
Jake Bugg released his self-titled album late last year and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. The 19-year-old folk-rocker has been referred to as one of the best new singer-songwriters of his generation. His musical influences include Layne Staley, The Beatles, Oasis, Donovan, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, and Nick Drake.
Less than a year after releasing his debut album, Bugg revealed to Rolling Stone that he’s nearly finished recording his second full-length record. “Might as well keep up the momentum going, you know,” he explained. The majority of the 12-track set was recently laid down at producer Rick Rubin’s Shangri-la studio in Malibu with a collective of veteran musicians including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Check out “Broken” and “Country Song” off his debut album below.
Jake recently teased a couple songs from his upcoming album at festivals this summer. Keep scrolling to listen to the bluesy “Slumville Sunrise” and the country-influenced stomper, “Me and You.”
“Me and You” live at Optimus Alive Festival Portugal 2013