Who is Buggy Jive?
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 now.
Hence the EP Ain’t Going Anywhere: The 2020 Diaries and its four accompanying videos.
But wait: he did come out of his hole in the spring of 2022 to perform a new song, “Make Me Water,” as part of a rare, live appearance at the Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards, as a love song to Zen and water and the city of his birth, Schenectady.
But as expected, he went right back into his hole to record several more new songs, recently released as The Ghost of Alexander.
He has no plans to leave said hole in the foreseeable future.
As he proudly proclaims in song: “My black ass ain’t going anywhere.”
We know, Buggy.