2014 - Island Records
By Phillip Smith; May 10, 2014
Although I didn’t venture out twenty-five miles to the nearest record store on Record Store Day this year, I did manage to find the RSD release of Jake Bugg’s four-track EP Live at Silver Platters disc on eBay. Bugg beautifully performs each of his songs solo and acoustically, pulling one piece from his first and self-titled album, and two from his Shrangri La album. This stripped-down performance offers yet another glimpse into how deep his well of talent goes.
The first thing that pops into my mind when “There’s a Beast and We All Feed It” plays, is uncanny observation of just how much Bugg reminds me of a young Bob Dylan tearing through “Subterranean Homesick Blues”. If this is what he sounds like at twenty years old, I have a feeling we are in store for an explosion of great music in the future from this troubadour. “Storm Passes Away”, also from his Shangri La album, is about trying to piece a relationship back together. This one is very reminiscent of classic Hank Williams, both in song styling and performance.
Bugg seems to draw inspiration from Paul Simon on “Lightning Bolt”, a magically fast-tempo song with quick rhyming lyrics laced with hints of blues and classic country. It’s so amazing how rich this song sounds, I quickly forget this is just one man and his guitar.
Live at Silver Platters , Seattle WA, January 20, 2014, really has a lot going on for just being a four track live EP. The only drawback is that it leaves me wanting more.