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The Working Songwriter

Joe Pug hosts a monthly conversation with one of today's best songwriters.
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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.

Nov 6, 2020

The Ohio native describes his journey from guitarist in Drivin' and Cryin' and the New York Dolls to finding success writing songs under his own name.

Jan 3, 2020

The renowned folk singer from Minneapolis, by way of Tennessee, discusses finding her voice, becoming a part of the cultural zeitgeist, and taking care of herself in order to create.

Aug 30, 2019
The harmony duo from California, Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, discuss writing songs for commercials to stay afloat in their early years, touring economically, and the secret that has allowed their intimate creative partnership to flourish for so long.
 
Jul 19, 2019

Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks flips the tables on Joe Pug and interviews him about his new album “The Flood In Color”.  Interspersed are songs from that album.  

Jul 12, 2019

The beloved troubadour from PA speaks his mind on managing personal expectations, embracing the fact that people might love older albums, and the profound sense of gratitude he has for music in his life.

Mar 29, 2019

The lead guitarist of MMJ is also a singer-songwriter in his own right, with three solo records to his name.  He talks about signing to a major with his first band, auditioning for MMJ and then touring just as the band was breaking, and reconciling fatherhood with playing music on the road.

Jan 29, 2019

The Hold Steady frontman talks about making a life-changing move in his late 20s, the legendary Minneapolis music scene, and his daily writing process.

Nov 30, 2018
The acclaimed songwriter from Phoenix talks about touring as a backup musician, producing her own breakout album, and her love of the road.
Aug 1, 2018

The "Music Modernization Act", which has enormous consequences for how songwriters and copyright holders will be compensated for streaming music, passed the US House of Reps unanimously but is now hamstrung in the Senate due to an eleventh hour change by SESAC.  Both sides of the argument are presented on this episode, and then our resident expert Brendan Anthony from the Texas Music Office calls in to help explain the situation as it stands now.

Apr 4, 2018

The Colorado wordsmith remembers stuffing the cardboard sleeves of his first demo himself, putting off school on a lark to tour with Kelly Joe Phelps, and the joy of sharing the journey with his longtime band.

Jul 29, 2016

A linchpin in Chicago's vibrant folk and country for decades, Robbie reflects on the major label blues, recording techniques, and falling in love with music for the first time.

Apr 29, 2016

The Vermont-born songsmith reflects on signing to Righteous Babe, writing her celebrated folk opera "Hadestown", and parenthood as a working artist.

Mar 25, 2016

An hourlong conversation with celebrated songwriter, James McMurtry.

Dec 28, 2015

The Texas icon inaugurates our show with a few stories from his many years on the road.

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