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The Working Songwriter

Joe Pug hosts a monthly conversation with one of today's best songwriters.
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Dec 17, 2021

This Grammy nominated songwriter talks about the musical journey that led him to the producer's chair for artists such as Bon Iver, The War On Drugs, Ani DiFranco, and many more.

Dec 3, 2021

This legendary songwriter and producer who originally hails from Georgia, talks about some of the artistic lessons he's learned from working with artists such as Pink, Taylor Swift, The Wallflowers, Green Day and many others.

Nov 19, 2021

The five time Grammy winning standard bearer of American blues music stops by the show to discuss his legendary career.

Nov 12, 2021

This Nashville native joins the show to talk about her years touring and her wry, left-of-center take on American country music.

Nov 5, 2021

John Flansburgh, one of the founding members of this groundbreaking indie-rock institution, stops by the show to talk about his creative process and how his band has navigated the music business for the last four decades.

Oct 29, 2021

Luke Laird is one of America's most recorded songwriters with 24 No. 1 hits and his wife Beth runs the publishing company, Creative Nation, that they own together.  They stop by the show to talk the art and the business of songwriting.

Oct 22, 2021

This veteran of Philadelphia's hardcore scene talks about his years touring with bands like the Gaslight Anthem and the Avett Brothers, and how he's carved out a solo career in music.

Oct 15, 2021

This respected Texas songwriter stops by the show to talk getting her start on the road, artistic process, and balancing music with a growing family.

Oct 8, 2021

This Austin Texas music legend and stalwart of the American folk music scene stops by the show to talk about his rigorous, daily writing practice and his new album produced by Tucker Martine.

Oct 1, 2021

The acclaimed songwriter, essayist, podcast host, and frontman of the Old 97's stops by our show to interview Joe for his own program, "Wheels Off", as well as to be interviewed for our program.  

Sep 24, 2021

This Grammy-nominated artist and instrumentalist, who has been described as "easily one of the greatest flatpicking guitarists playing today", stops by our show to discuss her years on the road and her upcoming album, Glade.

Sep 17, 2021

One of America's most iconic songwriters stops by our show to speak about his legendary life in music.

Sep 10, 2021

One of America's finest songwriters makes his third appearance on our show to discuss his new novel, "The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All", and his writing style in general.

Sep 3, 2021

Ian Felice, the songwriting force behind this mainstay of American roots music, joins the show to talk about his writing process and his years on the road with Bright Eyes, Justin Townes Earle, and many others.

Aug 27, 2021

The Grammy-nominated journeyman talks about cutting his teeth in Atlanta blues clubs and his method of songwriting that follows the song wherever it goes.

Aug 20, 2021

This legendary folk songwriter stops by the show to discuss her techniques for sculpting melody, structuring the bridge of a song, and navigating the ever-shifting sands of the music business.

Jul 30, 2021

The folk music legend stops by the program to reflect on his 50 year career in music.

Jul 23, 2021

This chart-topping songwriter returns to the show to discuss his new Silent Desert Studio, producing albums for other artists, and trying to capture a creative moment the first time that it happens.

Jul 16, 2021

This Grammy winning songwriter reflects on his years of collaboration with Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.

Jul 9, 2021

This Grammy winning songwriter, singer, and producer reflects on her years making music with her father Levon Helm and carrying on with her own solo career.

Jul 2, 2021

This Grammy-nominated songwriter talks about mid-career shift to music, writing songs with wounded veterans, and teaching younger songwriters to find their voice.

Jun 25, 2021

Chris Carrabba, the auteur behind this legendary emo band, discusses the twists and turns of a career that has included Gold records, MTV music awards, and truly devoted fanbase.

Jun 18, 2021

After many years in celebrated roots music groups such as Po' Girl, Birds of Chicago, and Our Native Daughters, this songwriter has released a critically acclaimed debut album under her own name.

Jun 11, 2021

This native of Tupelo MS talks his early years as a boxer, signing to A&M records in the late 1990s, and touring with legendary artists such as Sting and John Prine.

Jun 4, 2021

This pillar of American indie rock for the last three decades stops by the show to talk about founding his iconic bands, one of his single's unexpectedly going to the top of the Billboard charts, and his lo-fi recording techniques.

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