Joe Pug is a singer/songwriter who originally hails from Maryland but began his unique musical career in Chicago. He has toured at length since 2008, has opened for Steve Earle, M. Ward, and Josh Ritter and has also played the New Port Folk Festival and Lollapalooza. Nothing in the short career of Joe Pug has followed the normal trajectory of a musician.
His path to music was not as direct as other artists; he began playing guitar in grade school and formed a band in the 6th grade. Firmly believing the mark of a band was original writing, he began writing songs. This was coupled with early ambitions of being a playwright. He left home and attended the University of North Carolina for several years and abruptly left to continue his pursuit of music. His ideas for a play ultimately were flushed out in his first EP “Nation of Heat”. The songs were surreptitiously recorded in a Chicago studio with the aid of a friend who permitted him late night access to the cancelled studio sessions of other musicians.
His first headlining show in Chicago’s hallowed venue, Schuba’s Tavern, was sold out which further established the praise that was surrounding the EP “Nation of Heat” and the artist.
Early on, he struck upon the idea of giving his music to his fans free of charge. In his mind, his fans already dig him and they have friends who would likely dig him too. They just needed the chance to hear him. The offer is posted on his web site www.joepugmusic.com. To date, he has sent out over 15,000 copies of his poignant tunes to all 50 states and 14 countries. He covers all of the cost associated with this magnanimous offer.
Joe Pug Discography:
- Nation of Heat (EP)
- In the Meantime (EP)
- The Messenger
In 2010 he released his full length debut “The Messenger” which consists of ten tracks of guitar driven tunes with the occasional backing of harmonica. This is one of those albums that can be enjoyed from start to finish and leaves you wanting more. His modest approach allows you to breath in the beauty of his lyrics and the connectivity of his voice.
His amazingly beautiful lyrics are wrapped in poetry and grace that confound the listener and belie his age. Oh, and did I mention that Joe is in his early twenties? How does someone so young find the muse of years and experiences he has not lived? Is it possible to have lived the wearied tales of love and loss, the eternal quest of belonging, and channel the emotional depth of the musical greats before him like Dylan and Guthrie at such a young age?
I don’t know the answer to the questions asked but if you listen to him for any length, you too will hear the detailed stories being told. You too will be struck by how well they connect. You too will become a fan of Joe Pug. More importantly, you have nothing to lose by trying. Joe has taken out the roadblocks to becoming a fan. He is giving you the window of opportunity, at his cost, to listen, learn, and love his music.
Check out Joe Pug at www.joepugmusic.com
Great music awaits!