Plymouth Pavilions date for Jake Bugg
JAKE Bugg will be delivering his working-class-hero songs in those trademark raspy tones at Plymouth Pavilions on Sunday in one of the must-see gigs of 2013.
Little over a year ago he was virtually unheard of. Since then the teenage singer-songwriter has enjoyed his first number one album, selling over a million copies world-wide.
Jake has toured America with Noel Gallagher, supported the Stone Roses, Lana Del Rey and Example and been widely touted as the not only the antidote to pop, but the saviour of guitar music.
He counts Noel and Paul Weller among his many A-list muso fans, is an omni-presence on BBC Radios 1, 2 and 6 and has appeared at practically all the major UK festivals.
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Plus he has been nominated (winning is surely only a matter of time) for Brit and NME awards in numerous categories.
Such is Jake's global reach that he came to the attention of Rick Rubin, Def Jam co-founder producer and knob-twiddler for Johnny Cash.
Jake recently spent a few weeks in Rick's Shangri-La studios in Malibu, recording his second album, having previewed eight tracks in the birthplace of rock and roll, at Sun Studio in Memphis, no less.
It's all a very long way from growing up on a grim Nottingham council estate.
Born Jake Edwin Charles Kennedy (Bugg is his dad's name), he became interested in music aged 12, after hearing Don McLean's Vincent on an episode of the Simpsons.
Having dropped out of a music technology course aged 16, he uploaded some of his material on to the BBC's Introducing site and by June 2011 found himself at Glasto, soon to be snapped up by Mercury.
It is undoubtedly live that he is at his best. Completely focussed and utterly compelling, he stands stock still, belting out those songs with an intensity that belie his 19 years.
It will be a privilege to see him on Sunday.