In May of 2008, Joe Pug played the first headlining slot of his young career to a sold out crowd at Chicago’s storied Schubas Tavern. Two weeks later he released the Nation of Heat EP, which has garnered near-universal critical acclaim and established him as one of the most respected songwriters of his generation. Pug has since played shows with Steve Earle, Josh Ritter, Rhett Miller and M. Ward. This past summer he performed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and the Newport Folk Festival and was invited to tour Europe with Steve Earle. He is currently finishing up his full length debut.
If you didn't look at the songwriting credits, you'd swear Justin Townes Earle's songs were penned on the stoop of a one-pump filling station in dust bowl era Oklahoma, the smoke-filled song and dream factories of Tin Pan Alley, or at the back door of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville. Justin effortlessly taps the romanticism imbued in the beaten-soled travelogues and mythos of Woody Guthrie; the lounging around a campfire at a work camp and the edgy angst of a wintry Minneapolis (yeah, just try to get that mandolin line from the cover of the 'Mats’ "Can't Hardly Wait" out of your head.)