ONE REVIEWER DESCRIBED a recent BUGGY JIVE performance as…
“…a fusion of the personal and the political, the local and the global, the historical and the contemporary. Bookended by a tender, intimate rendition of Bob Dylan’s ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ and a raw, radical reworking of Joni Mitchell’s ‘The Jungle Line,’ his set centered around a pair of uncompromising originals — ‘Rise’ and ‘Sam’ — that faced the issue of racial division head-on, proving that he’s the Capital Region’s best singer-songwriter. And he just keeps getting better.”
But Buggy Jive does not (will not?) come out of the hole very often. It’s a problem.
“I don’t play out,” he says. “I play in.”
A compromise? The Buggy Jive House Concert, filmed in his home studio for a small audience of some of his oldest and dearest friends. Kind of.
Buggy Jive live at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, Fall 2017. Photo by Michael Benson.