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He is shaping up to become a great, not just good guitar player, if that is what he wants to do
on 28 July 2016
Jake Bugg came to my attention only recently – not being a radio listener nor much of an early adopter water cooler chatter or equivalent on line etc . That was via a T in the Park concert on the TV where I happened to catch his set and was impressed by his playing, his material, his voice and his downbeat performance charisma in a live gig. So I got all three of his CDs . Certainly his first and second lived up to that impression. Good musicianship from Bugg and his fellow musicians, lyrics that are about something and to the point and a wistfulness at times that is sweet. I like his guitar riffs and he is shaping up to become a great, not just good guitar player, if that is what he wants to do and applies himself to learn from the greats while settling on his own style.
His most recent offering I have not taken to quite so warmly yet and the attempt at a rap is not a success. One also has a sense of him, now he is 22 of trying to find a new voice and position himself musically but not quite getting there yet.
I can see why people have compared him to Dylan, Paul Simon and the Beatles - Donovan also sprang to mind. But most musicians of any quality have influences of one sort or another ,as indeed did all of those mentioned and saying something is derivative is usually a cheap shot. I read that one notable/notorious? 90’s musical “celebrity” was critical of Bugg for writing his material in collaboration with others – oh you mean like Lennon and Mcartney, Jagger and Richards, Elton John and Tom Robinson( among others )– yeah! yeah! yeah! Well he was the future – once – as the saying goes. Jack Bugg still is and has a big one in front of him if he wants to grab it .