Joe Pug on
Joe Pug on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser
- "I Do My Father’s Drugs"
- "Speak Plainly Diana"
- "The Sharpest Crown"
- "How Good You Are"
Joe Pug first gained recognition when he left college, moved to Chicago and released his first EP, Nation of Heat. Before the release of the critically acclaimed follow-up The Messenger, Pug took an out-of-the-box approach to promoting his music — he mailed free samplers of his music to anyone who requested it.
The strategy, along with relentless touring, has put Pug in the forefront of a burgeoning class of singer-songwriters. In 2010, Pug was nominated for "New/Emerging Artist Of The Year" at the Americana Music Awards & Honors in Nashville, where he performed on stage at the Ryman Auditorium. He is joined here by Rocco Labriola on pedal steel and bassist Matt Scheussler, who both played on The Messenger.
"I Do My Father's Drugs" is found on The Nation of Heat, while "Sharpest Crown" and "How Good You Are" appear on The Messenger. Versions of "Speak Plainly Diana" appear on both.
This Mountain Stage performance was originally published Nov. 11, 2010.