Tip of The Week: Jake Bugg - Someone Told Me
Jake Bugg started his musical adventure young. Aged 12 he started playing and singing, aged 14 he started writing songs, aged 17 he gets invited to play at Glastonbury 2011! A spine tingling job he did there too, stepping on to the BBC Introducing Stage this short but incredibly sweet song tells you everything you need to know about Jake Bugg.
Such a strong distinctive voice, simple guitar picking melodies, and lyrics that make it hard to believe this young singer-songwriter from Nottingham is only 17. He reminded me a lot of The Tallest Man on Earth in many ways, which is a huge compliment.
After seeing him play at Glastonbury, it was clear he was producing music way beyond his years, but it was his whole manner that was mature. With only a handful of words between songs, and barely raising a smile, you might have thought he was shy or nervous, but it didn't feel that way at all in his presence. He seemed to command the stage with such confidence and purpose, without feeling the need to babble on about nonsense between songs, but to just let his songs do the talking, one by one.
Being influenced by the likes of Donovan, Don Mclean, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix, you could say Jake was born in the wrong era, but we need these kind of songwriters here with us now in 2011 and beyond, carrying the torch and keeping the spirit of Dylan and co alive. He certainly has time on his side, and who knows how far this boy can go.
This beautiful track Someone Told Me will be on the Radio 1 playlist all week, and it's the kind of song that I'm sure is going to get a real emotional reaction when it goes on air. The kind of reaction that will force you to sit in your car for an extra few minutes after you've parked just to hear the end of the song, or that will make you stop tapping away on your computer and sit listening in silence for a while. Wherever you are, just stop and enjoy this moment.