You can view yesterday's recording of his NPR Music performance here.
Jake Buggs, born in Bristol, Nottingham as Jake Edwin Charles Kennedy (Bugg is his father’s name), is the U.K.’s latest rising star.
He has a Dylanesque sound, raspy voice coupled with his rich-sounding, acoustic guitar playing; he’s even been dubbed, according to the Telegraph, “an East Midlands Bob Dylan.” His response, “Bob Dylan’s cool, you know, he’s great, but he’s not a major influence.”
Don Mclean, on the other hand, has been a major influence in Buggs' music. After hearing Mclean’s “Vincent” on the “Simpsons,” Buggs had a deep interest in McClean’s musical artistry.
Buggs picked up the guitar and began to learn a few chords; he was age 12.
By 14, he was writing his own songs, and at the young age of 17, the raspy-voiced, acoustic guitar player was invited by the BBC to play the "introducing" stage at Glastonbury.
From that point, Buggs was on a path to notoriety. In October 2012, he released his first album.
In the first week. Jake Buggs' self-titled debut album went straight to the top.
Both Buggs' parents had recorded music in their younger years – a style that Buggs lays no claim to. But despite his lack of reference to Bob Dylan as an influence to his musical beginnings, the reference to Buggs as “an East Midlands Bob Dylan” is sure to stick!