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Joe Pug hosts a monthly conversation with one of today's best songwriters.
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Now displaying: 2021
May 28, 2021

This Texas native has spent much of his career in the liner notes of other artists' albums as a songwriter, having penned songs for Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Midland and many more.  Now he's back with a renewed focus on his own career as an artist.

May 21, 2021

This writer of idiosyncratic American folk has toured with Levon Helm, Bon Iver, and My Morning Jacket.  He stops by the show to talk about his years on the road and his creative process in the studio.

May 14, 2021

This auteur of what has been called "murderfolk" music, discusses the origins of his dark musical tone and building an audience through relentless touring.

May 7, 2021

The namesake of this Mexo-Americana inspired outfit joins the show to talk about traveling to Mexico to learn about their folk music culture and building a touring and recording business over the last decade.

Apr 30, 2021

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent make up this Charleston SC duo who are perennially at the vanguard of roots music.

Apr 23, 2021

The Ozarks raised troubadour discusses his early success in Europe, moving to the Texas Hill Country, and the advantages of working in your own studio.

Apr 16, 2021

This troubadour who originally hails from Wisconsin has played with Roseanne Cash, John Hiatt, Guy Clark and many others.  He's built a following the old-fashioned way, great records and hard touring.

Apr 9, 2021

Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount are the married couple that make up this critically acclaimed band, they've shared the stage with Elvis Costello, John Prine, and Al Green among many others.

Apr 2, 2021

Musician and author Matthew Chaim joins us to discuss the opportunities that Web 3.0 will offer songwriters and artists in the digital realm.

Mar 26, 2021

This phenom from Oklahoma talks about his early years playing music the Pentecostal church and recording his latest album with indie-rock stalwart John Agnello.

Mar 19, 2021

This founding member of the critically celebrated group Big Thief steps into the spotlight with his latest solo effort and stops by the show to talk about his musical journey.

Mar 12, 2021

The Semisonic frontman and writer of Adele's hit "Someone Like You" stops by the show to tell the stories behind composing his hits on our 100th episode special.

Mar 5, 2021

This troubadour from Louisiana found his commercial success in music later in life; he reflects on the journey that brought him to that peak.

Feb 26, 2021

This critically acclaimed songwriter and Rounder Records recording artist stops by to talk about her musical underpinnings.

Feb 19, 2021

The songwriter at the vanguard of modern folk music returns to the show to talk about his journey through addiction and back into sobriety.

Feb 12, 2021

Ben Nichols, the leader of this seminal Memphis rock outfit, stops by the show to talk about his journey so far.

Feb 5, 2021

The Texas troubadour now makes his home in Nashville and he returns to our show to tell us how he's making his way in art and business these days.

Jan 29, 2021

Taylor Goldsmith, the songwriter and singer for this L.A. rock quartet, stops by the show to discuss how they almost didn't record their first hit, the reason they committed to touring so heavily, and the gratitude he feels for his musical journey so far.

 

Jan 22, 2021

This Indiana-born musician co-founded indie rock stalwarts Blake Babies with Juliana Hatfield, was a member of The Lemonheads during the peak of their success, and now runs the iconic roots music label Rounder Records.

Jan 15, 2021

The St. Louis by way of Michigan troubadour talks about her time touring as a side-woman in other people's bands and how she stepped into the spotlight to front her own project.

Jan 8, 2021

Sean and Sara Watkins are a sibling musical duo who got their start on the national stage in the bluegrass group Nickel Creek, they stop by the show to talk about their writing with archetypes and their new album.

Jan 1, 2021

The Alberta native discusses his unique style of country balladry, growing up in the tradition of Cowboy music, and staying fiercely independent.

 

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