Taking his cues from artists including Don McLean, Donovan, Johnny Cash and The Beatles, English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg seems pretty comfortable kicking it old school.
The 19-year-old Bugg has been dubbed “an East Midlands Bob Dylan” by the Telegraph, and his self-titled album reflecting on his working-class upbringing resonated with fans as well, debuting at No. 1 in the U.K. in October.
WME’s Kirk Sommer told Pollstar Bugg has exploded in the U.K. and other territories, and he’s confident his client will find a similar following Stateside.
“Some of his songs, guitars and vocals carry an instantly classic sound,” Sommer said. “Jake is one of the single greatest young talents in the world right now. With proper guidance and a strong work ethic his potential is limitless.”
Highlights thus far of Bugg’s young career include appearing on the BBC’s Introducing stage at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival and supporting Noel Gallagher, The Stone Roses, and Michael Kiwanuka.
Sommer added that Bugg’s introductory tastemaker seeding shows at venues including the Troubadour in Los Angeles and Bowery Ballroom in New York City sold out.
Following the U.S. release of his album April 9, Bugg heads out for slots at the Coachella, Lollapalooza and Osheaga festivals and to support Band Of Horses.
He’ll also make several appearances at European fests before a U.K. headlining tour in the fall.