We are giving away a pair of tickets to Jake Bugg @ 2016 Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts on September 9. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 29.
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September 9, 2016
Doors: 5 pm / Show: 7 pm | $22.50-52.50 | All Ages
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
In Jake Bugg’s hometown of Nottingham it’s a habit of speech not to say “on my own” but “on my one.” “As in, ‘Whadya leave me on my one for?’” explains Bugg. “It’s just something we say in Notts. But in a lot of ways it sums up this record because it mainly has been just me on my own. The first album where I’ve written everything myself, and produced a lot of it myself. There are a few tracks with other musicians but most of it is just me playing all the instruments, including bass and drums. A proper one man band. So it’s been a very solitary process.”
Written and recorded when Bugg was still 21, On My One is the strongest testament yet to the talent of one of the most prodigious British singer-songwriters to emerge in the last five years. Bugg’s incredible ascent began in 2012 when his self-titled debut album entered the UK charts at number one (aged 18, making him the youngest British male artist ever to do so), going on to sell double platinum and shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize. Success only accelerated Bugg’s creative momentum, releasing a follow-up twelve months later, 2013’s richly textured Shangri La, recorded in Malibu with Rick Rubin. That album returned Bugg to the top five, earning him his second Brits nomination, a landmark show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and a UK arena tour climaxing at a sold-out Alexandra Palace. Between their various collaborators both albums provided Bugg with an invaluable foundation – so when the time came to make his third, he was finally ready to go it alone.
“I was only 18 and 19 making my first two albums,” says Bugg. “I worked with loads of really good people, producers and co-writers, and I learned a lot from them, whether in the studio or just helping with song ideas. I see it like making those albums was my version of going to college, my musical education. When I finished touring Shangri La at the end of 2014 I’d already decided I was going to take a whole year and do the next one entirely by myself. I wasn’t trying to prove a point, it was purely for my own sake. I saw it as the logical next step in my development as a songwriter. It was a challenge, but something I felt I had to do.”