REDUX: Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg - S/T (April 9 U.S., Mercury) - Eighteen-year-old retro/roots popster watched his eponymous debut entered the British charts at #1 last fall, besting both Mumford and Sons and Bat For Lashes on the strength of his nostalgic 60's British Invasion-styled hit single "Two Fingers" (videos below)...Bugg now gets his shot at America with the U.S. release of Jake Bugg in April...As we noted in our original RADAR last August: "Wherever that special point is where strummy coffeehouse folk meets the charged electric jolt of early rock n' roll with a knowing nod to the Sun Studio pioneers of rockabilly and country, Bugg knows exactly how to get there. Often armed with just an acoustic and occasionally backed up to form a ragged power trio, the eighteen-year-old from Nottingham U.K. manages to musically tug on the iconic sleeves of Dylan, Cash and Holly while charting his own way with a two-and-a-half minute song. Things are simple and direct with Bugg, three-chord wonders delivered with disarming no-bullshit force..."

Jake Bugg - 'Lightning Bolt' (from Jake Bugg)

Jake Bugg - 'Two Fingers' from Jake Bugg)