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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Bugg: Nashville is a song factory

Jake Bugg has been exploring the roots of American music

Jake Bugg has admitted he did not feel comfortable when he visited a Nashville recording studio as he didn't like the way they worked.

The 20-year-old British singer is touring the US with his second album Shangri La, and has been exploring the roots of American music.

He has visited Robert Johnson's crossroads near Clarksdale, Mississippi, while recording at Memphis' Sun Studios, and travelled to Nashville to plug into the mainstream country music songwriting machine on Music Row.

But Jake said: "Some of them write two songs a day. I went to see some of those songwriters and I felt like for them it was another day in the office.

"You get in there and you press play and, 'Try to sing something into this,' and I'm like, 'No, pal, that song has no relevance to me.' I'm not going to sing something I don't feel like I own because I won't be able to sing it live and express it how I want."

But the husky-voiced young singer added: "I just love touring the States and seeing everything."

Jake has been using his journeys to gather ideas for a third album and plans to return later this year and visit Memphis, home to many of his influences, like Stax Records.

"You go into places like that, you don't know how it's going to sound really with the thing that you do," he said. "You know, I might go in there and it might not be happening or I might go in there and really love it and just get inspired and just want to spend some time there. It's just about enjoying myself sometimes. I just want to enjoy myself and go trace back some of my musical roots and my heroes and stuff like that, and just see what happens."

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