Jake Bugg’s eponymous debut album hit #1 on the British charts shortly after its release in October 2012. Mining a different folk rock vein than his countrymen, Mumford & Sons, the 19-year-old singer-songwriter claims influences that include Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers and Don McLean. The album is now availabe in the U.S., and Bugg will be performing throughout the States later this year.
Give a listen to these tracks, and his website (Jake Bugg) features videos covering a good part of his debut release if you want to hear more.
While Bugg dismisses comparisons to a young Bob Dylan, pretty much every music writer has gone there. If you want to make your own judgment, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” was released shortly after Dylan’s 22nd birthday and also reached #1 on the British charts. We won’t hold Jake to writing the next “Blowin’ in the Wind” yet, but here are two pure acoustic performances to consider.