It has been thrown about that if you are a fan of Bob Dylan then Jake Bugg should be right up your musical alley. That is quite a comparison to make as Dylan is one of the most iconic figures in all of music history the depth and breadth of his career has rarely been achieved. Now, Jake Bugg is a Brit and a mere 19-years-old so it seems odd to make the comparison. Then once you listen to his music you begin to understand and do not think it is such a wild comparison.
Jake Bugg is a singer/songwriter. At the age of 17 he was chosen to perform on the “Introducing” stage at Glastonbury in 2011. After this performance he was signed to a deal at Mercury Records. Once his music was heard the comparisons between he and Dylan were bandied about. When Bugg heard this he was flattered, but answered that Dylan was not a major influence on his music. His music is folk though it does feature plenty of modern rock riffs.
He released his debut album late in 2012. The self-titled album shot to the top of the UK Albums Chart. He followed up that success with his sophomore album which was released in November of 2013. It was called Shangri La and due to the splash he made with his first album plenty of established producers and musicians flocked to be a part of it. The legendary Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath, Jay Z, Dixie Chicks, and many others) produced songs on the album while drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello) both played on it.
Bugg’s musical influences are not typical of someone his age. He cites Don McLean, The Beatles, Donovan, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, The Everly Brothers, and Nick Drake as the musicians whose work has shaped his own.
-Date: January 12, 2014
-Ticket Purchase: www.ticketmaster.ca
-Ticket Price: $29.35 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m.
-Opening Acts: The Skins, Albert Hammond Jr.