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Artist of the Week: TJ Buggins

E-mail: entertainment@nnsl.com | Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Now known as an eclectic and diverse guitar player, TJ Buggins had no interest in playing music as a child.

His father, Tony Buggins, also a musician, had tried to convince his son to pick up the art but it wasn't until Buggins was 13 years old that he decided he wanted to learn.

"My dad got so excited, he got me my own guitar the next day," said Buggins.

It wasn't an easy start, but soon enough Buggins had begun his first band with a friend and played shows at his school and in church.

Now, more than 10 years later, Buggins plays as many gigs as he can get and is touring to Winnipeg with Digawolf, also known as Jesse James Gon.

TJ now plays bass and is learning the drums but said he is "a guitar player at heart."

The musician works as a cook on the side, calling it his second passion, but hopes that one day he can switch to his first full-time.

"What I love the most about music is there is always something new to learn. I'm never going to learn everything."

He is currently working on his solo music, recording on his own at home.

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