There are lightning bolt moments in the career of every artist when their fame is thrown into sharp relief. For 19-year-old Jake Bugg, it happened in the summer of 2013, in front of 17,000 people at the Splendour festival in his home town of Nottingham. Two years earlier, the unknown and unsigned Bugg had been the opening act there on the smallest stage. Now he returned as victorious local hero and main headliner. Such is the “mad” nature of this Bugg’s life.
Barely a year after the release of his self-titled debut, he returned in November 2013 with its bar-raising follow-up, Shangri La. The album shares a title with the Malibu studio where it was made, once the 70s haven of Bob Dylan and The Band, now the creative hub of legendary producer Rick Rubin, the recording Titan whose jaw dropping work spans from Def Jam and Johnny Cash to Adele and Kanye West. Rubin first worked with Bugg earlier in the year on a re-recording of haunting debut album ballad “Broken”. Grabbing the baton of his debut’s tales of teenage life growing up on his Clifton estate in Nottingham, Shangri La runs further and faster with the gritty urgency of “Kingpin,” “Slumville Sunrise,” and the mighty opener, “What Doesn’t Kill You”. The album’s rich seam of classic guitar pop stretches deeper still on the irrestibly romantic “Me And You” and the exhilarating &ldquo! ;Messed Up Kids”. Don’t miss Jake Bugg June 14 at The Newport!