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The Working Songwriter

Joe Pug hosts a monthly conversation with one of today's best songwriters.
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Feb 4, 2022

Ray Benson, the leader of this iconic Western Swing band, discusses moving to Texas upon Willie Nelson's advice, being a bandleader for over five decades, and his creative spirit that has led to 9 Grammy awards.

Jan 28, 2022

This folk blues artist who originally hails from Milwaukee has been acclaimed by Rolling Stone and NPR and now records for Fat Possum records.  He stops by the show to talk about his musical journey and his creative process.

Jan 21, 2022

This "bonafide underground folk hero" talks about breaking into music, the different skill sets it takes to be a working artist, and co-writing a Billboard smash hit with Jewel.

Jan 14, 2022

One of the standard bearers of American bluegrass music stops by the show to talk about getting his start in Baltimore, playing in Bill Monroe's band, and his six decades in music.

Jan 7, 2022

This two time Grammy nominee and Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame member reminisces on the high and low points of her iconic career in American folk music.

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.

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.

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