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Author: Joe Pug

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Joe Pug hosts a monthly conversation with one of today's best songwriters.
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Robert Finley

Robert Finley

2021-03-0501:11:19

This troubadour from Louisiana found his commercial success in music later in life; he reflects on the journey that brought him to that peak.
Katie Pruitt

Katie Pruitt

2021-02-2601:02:25

This critically acclaimed songwriter and Rounder Records recording artist stops by to talk about her musical underpinnings.
Langhorne Slim returns

Langhorne Slim returns

2021-02-1901:05:351

The songwriter at the vanguard of modern folk music returns to the show to talk about his journey through addiction and back into sobriety.
Lucero

Lucero

2021-02-1201:07:45

Ben Nichols, the leader of this seminal Memphis rock outfit, stops by the show to talk about his journey so far.
Hayes Carll returns

Hayes Carll returns

2021-02-0501:06:05

The Texas troubadour now makes his home in Nashville and he returns to our show to tell us how he's making his way in art and business these days.
Dawes

Dawes

2021-01-2901:05:49

Taylor Goldsmith, the songwriter and singer for this L.A. rock quartet, stops by the show to discuss how they almost didn't record their first hit, the reason they committed to touring so heavily, and the gratitude he feels for his musical journey so far.  
This Indiana-born musician co-founded indie rock stalwarts Blake Babies with Juliana Hatfield, was a member of The Lemonheads during the peak of their success, and now runs the iconic roots music label Rounder Records.
Beth Bombara

Beth Bombara

2021-01-1501:00:39

The St. Louis by way of Michigan troubadour talks about her time touring as a side-woman in other people's bands and how she stepped into the spotlight to front her own project.
Watkins Family Hour

Watkins Family Hour

2021-01-0856:39

Sean and Sara Watkins are a sibling musical duo who got their start on the national stage in the bluegrass group Nickel Creek, they stop by the show to talk about their writing with archetypes and their new album.
Corb Lund

Corb Lund

2021-01-0154:27

The Alberta native discusses his unique style of country balladry, growing up in the tradition of Cowboy music, and staying fiercely independent.   Special Christmas deal! Every purchase of a 2-year plan will get you 4 additional months free. Go to https://nordvpn.com/tws and use our coupon TWS at checkout.  
Marcus King

Marcus King

2020-12-1846:371

This Greenville SC native is a Grammy-nominated troubadour known for his tireless touring schedule. Special Christmas deal! Every purchase of a 2-year plan will get you 4 additional months free. Go to https://nordvpn.com/tws and use our coupon TWS at checkout.
Allison Moorer

Allison Moorer

2020-12-1156:29

This native of the deep south is a Grammy, Oscar, and ACM nominee whose career has navigated the hallways of both commercial country and taste-making Americana.   Special Christmas deal! Every purchase of a 2-year plan will get you 4 additional months free. Go to https://nordvpn.com/tws and use our coupon TWS at checkout.
Dave Alvin

Dave Alvin

2020-12-0401:09:51

The roots rock legend and creative force behind The Blasters discusses the punk rock scene in 1980s LA, touring with Queen, and the sublime moment of playing the right song with the right band.   Special Christmas deal! Every purchase of a 2-year plan will get you 4 additional months free. Go to https://nordvpn.com/tws and use our coupon TWS at checkout.
Will Johnson

Will Johnson

2020-11-2001:08:03

The Texas native and creative force behind Centro-Matic talks about his early years in Denton, his collaboration with Jason Molina, and his decision to put his band on hiatus instead of letting it "become a hobby".
Aoife O'Donovan

Aoife O'Donovan

2020-11-1301:01:221

This Grammy winning singer-songwriter has had a long, varied, and acclaimed career with Crooked Still, I'm With Her, and her own solo work.
Aaron Lee Tasjan

Aaron Lee Tasjan

2020-11-0601:16:34

The Ohio native describes his journey from guitarist in Drivin' and Cryin' and the New York Dolls to finding success writing songs under his own name.
Kendell Marvel

Kendell Marvel

2020-10-3057:39

After a legendary career as a professional songwriter in Nashville, notably alongside Chris Stapleton, this Illinois native is now stepping center stage as an artist with a new album produced by Dan Auerbach.
Bahamas

Bahamas

2020-10-2346:33

Afie Jurvanen, the creative force behind this beloved indie-folk outfit, discusses creative partnerships, the magic of finding the right take in the studio, and lessons from touring.
Lera Lynn

Lera Lynn

2020-10-1646:47

The Georgia native talks about getting her start in the Athens music scene, collaborating with Roseanne Cash, and running her business independently.
Kevin Morby

Kevin Morby

2020-10-0901:03:55

The Kansas City bred songwriter tells the story of his journey toward his distinctive brand of indie rock.
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Alan Thurlow

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Aug 10th
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Mandy Connell

I love this Podcast. It's produced beautifully and presented by Pug, who has a speaking voice and cadence that is delightful to listen to. The conversations veer between formal interviews and comfortable exchanges in a way that keeps his guests comfortable and his listeners interested and entertained...and I find it inspiring to hear the stories behind Pug and his guests careers, songwriting and public/private life balance. I developed a new appreciation for the Milk Carton Kids, And Trampled by Turtles, giggled and sighed through Amanda Palmer and was totally entranced with the special on Pug himself. the series is honest, simple and really is a good excuse to not be writing songs.

Sep 25th
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Karl Besser

Craig Finn is to the city like Jonah is to the whale.

Feb 6th
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Jason Dirkes

Love your podcast Joe.. its so great to hear the artist stories .. and to learn of new artists. The stories in these podcasts help me survive days at work.. but most of all they inspire me... Thank you for introducing me to so many amazing performers .. thanks

Feb 5th
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David McKendry

The "iron clad excuse." Super listening, wonderful stories and no shortage of learning along the way! Keep it rolling Joe!

Sep 17th
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Michael Namrell

I love this series of podcasts! Joe is conversational and wry and his guests seem to relax into the storytelling almost immediately. Great insights are shared with the listener whether you're a songwriter or not. This has something for everyone who cares to listen in. Keep 'em coming.

Jun 23rd
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A.S. Wiscombe

fantastic. one of my favorite songwriters interviewing some of my favorite songwriters

Dec 27th
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John Malcolm Cuthbertson

Entertaining, illuminating, refreshing and a valuable insight into the vagaries of the undefinable process es of a minstrel's life. Joe Ely is an international treasurehouse of story, song, and legend. The other Joe(podcaser & interviewer/host), being a fellow gypsy-spirit, provides an easy rapport, and is a skilled interviewer- it is a conversation between friends. I would recommend this podcast to anyone who is(or aspires to be) a working songwriter. Technology has given everyone the chance to show their material to a wider audience. This is a cautionary affirmation for those who dare to pursue their vision- comprising of days that are about "22 hours of misery to 2 hours of ecstasy"(Muddy Waters) This was the first podcast of the series, and a great start of, what I hope will be, many more to come.

Oct 29th
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