A Plug For Joe

Chicago singer-songwriter Joe Pug plays Dolan’s Warehouse in Limerick this Sunday as support to his fellow countryman, Josh Ritter. He’s been writing songs and touring for three years now and has also played support to Steve Earle and M. Ward. Pug (an abbreviation of his actual name, Pugliese) had been studying playwriting at the University of Carolina when he decided to drop out at the beginning of his final year to pursue a musical career. While working as a carpenter, Joe used ideas from a play he had been working on to form the basis of the songs on his first EP, Nation of Heat. Since then, he has recorded another EP, In the Meantime, and his debut album, Messenger. With his literary background, it’s not surprising that the structure and lyrics of his songs are quite impressive. He also has a strong and distinctive voice and should certainly warm up the crowd for Josh Ritter at Dolan’s

Well, the good news for music fans is that a lot of Joe’s music is available to download for free around the web and is certainly worth checking out. At his own well-appointed site, you can pick up a free download of the track The Sharpest Crown from his debut album as well as the In the Meantime EP. You just need to provide your email address to get links to these. He’s even giving away sampler CDs of his music here. In addition, you can download two of his sessions (here and here) at the brilliant Daytrotter site and another one at the Hear Ya blog. There is a distinctive country flavour to his voice and sound, so I’ve chosen this rather fine cover of a song by one of my favourite singers for you to check out. Thanks to Jim for the heads up

Return of the Grievous Angel (Gram Parsons cover) – Joe Pug