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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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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

2020-11-1301:01:22

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.
Strand of Oaks returns

Strand of Oaks returns

2020-10-0201:06:11

The Austin by way of Philadelphia rocker returns to the show to talk touring, writing, and recording.
Jerry David Decicca

Jerry David Decicca

2020-09-2501:15:03

The former creative force behind The Black Swans talks about making his own critically acclaimed records, producing albums for songwriters who deserve more appreciation, and the musical effects of his move to Texas. This week's episode is brought to you by Bandzoogle (https://bandzoogle.com) and Coresound (https://coresound.onelink.me/SKgp/13a3994f)
Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne

2020-09-1858:31

The celebrated singer and songwriter describes her initial ascent to the top of the charts with her debut album and how she has been able to string together many interesting chapters of her career.  This week's episode is brought to you by Bandzoogle (https://bandzoogle.com) and Coresound (https://coresound.onelink.me/SKgp/13a3994f)
Michael Sloane, CEO of Streaming Promotions based in Nashville, comes on to talk about best practices for artists using streaming services to distribute their music.   This week's episode is brought to you by Bandzoogle (https://bandzoogle.com) and Coresound (https://coresound.onelink.me/SKgp/13a3994f)
Joe Henry

Joe Henry

2020-09-0401:16:17

The acclaimed songwriter and Grammy winning producer joins us to talk about his journey and his creative process. This week's episode is brought to you by Bandzoogle (https://bandzoogle.com) and Coresound (https://coresound.onelink.me/SKgp/13a3994f)
Jonny Fritz

Jonny Fritz

2020-08-2901:01:35

After a remembrance of the late Justin Townes Earle, we hear from this multi-talented songwriter from Los Angeles by way of Virginia.
Robert Ellis returns

Robert Ellis returns

2020-08-2144:27

The Texas Piano Man returns to our show to share his unique insight, humor, and good cheer.
John Craigie

John Craigie

2020-08-1457:21

This troubadour based in Portland OR has carved out a national audience for his heartfelt, wry folk songs.  He speaks about crafting his shows, keeping them fresh night to night, and recording albums in an unconventional way.
Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

2020-08-0701:00:53

One of America's greatest songwriters graces the airwaves of our show to talk about her prolific catalog and her legendary career.
Dayna Frank, the head of the National Independent Venue Association and CEO of First Avenue in Minneapolis, discusses the impact that Coronavirus has had on the live music industry and about a bill co-sponsored by senators Amy Klobuchar (D- MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) that would provide independently owned venues with a financial lifeline from the federal government.
Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain

2020-07-3101:01:05

This native troubadour of Oklahoma discusses her DIY beginnings, tour burnout, and drawing inspiration from working in different mediums.
Will Hoge

Will Hoge

2020-07-2401:03:35

The troubadour from Tennessee discusses his career, from his early years with Atlantic Records to his later career renaissance as an in demand songwriter in Nashville.
David Ramirez

David Ramirez

2020-07-1753:42

This Austin Texas based troubadour stops by to reminisce about a tour that we did together in a blizzard, booking his in tours in the early days, and rediscovering a freer mindset for writing.
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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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