Who is Buggy Jive?

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PROFESSOR BUGGY JIVE is a soul rock singer-songwriter quietly uploading music from a basement somewhere in Upstate New York.

Equal parts Zeppelin and D’Angelo and Prince and Joni in sound and sensibility, his lyrics often mine the literature of the past to make sense of the present – from Ellison to Morrison to Eliot to Didion.

“Literary Kravitz,” as some say.

On rare occasions, he will come out of the basement to perform his songs live – armed with a Telecaster and a pedalboard that’s a bit too big.

But Buggy Jive does not come out of the basement often.

It’s a problem.

“I don’t play out,” he says. “I play in.”

This mantra has played out for the reclusive artist over the years, but never more so than in 2020.

Hence the recent EP Ain’t Going Anywhere: The 2020 Diaries and its four accompanying videos.

And hence the follow-up album You Won’t Like the Answer, which features 11 new songs written and recorded in the first weeks of 2021, because the sadness of 2020 apparently refuses to quit.

“My black ass ain’t going anywhere,” he proudly proclaims in song.

We know, Buggy.

We know.