Listen Before the Show: Joe Pug

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  • Todd Roeth
Joe Pug is one genuine dude. At shows, he engages the audience in conversation, and expresses his opinions and ideas without worry (we know from experience - we reviewed his Bottleneck show last year). Excellent qualities in any touring singer-songwriter.

Pug's road to musical artistry was an odd one. He was a playwrighting student at the University of North Carolina. Before Pug began his senior year, he quit his studies because he was miserable. After leaving the university, he went to Chicago and worked as a carpenter during the day. At night, he played guitar. He recorded his first EP, Nation of Heat, on a scant budget and literally gave his music away to fans. Surprisingly, his plan worked, and positive word about his music spread. Pug is preparing to release his second record, The Great Despiser, April 24 (Lightning Rod Records).

Check out Pug's recent Daytrotter Session and performance for Austin radio station KUT.

Joe Pug performs at RecordBar May 13. Doors open at 7 p.m. The 18-and-older show costs $10-$12. Support from Bailiff and David Burchfield & the Great Stop.

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