Former UNC-Chapel Hill playwright student turned folk crooner Joe Pug has served notice – the next great young voice on the American songwriting scene has arrived. Pug’s voice mesmerizes, echoes, and aches over the coffee shop intimacy his acoustic guitar creates. Look for Messenger, Pug’s full length debut, to be on lots of “Best of” lists by the end of the year.

For Fans Of

Justin Townes Earle, Josh Ritter, Martin Sexton

Prime Cut

“Bury Me Far (From My Uniform)” – Will there be a more powerful diatribe against war released in the next decade?  Doubtful.

Choice Words

First time I saw you

I saw somebody that I knew

I recognized you from our first glance

I’ve seen my share of counterfeits

Used to have ’em hanging ’round a bit

Once you seen yourself a genuine

There ain’t no going back

Don’t ask me how I knew

Was the first time I saw you

—”The First Time I Saw You”

On Stage

Joe Pug spent much of February and early March on the road with Justin Townes Earle, even swinging by The Southern in Charlottesville, VA, for a well received visit. Catch him this summer at FloydFest.