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The Working Songwriter

Joe Pug hosts a monthly conversation with one of today's best songwriters.
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May 29, 2020

One of Nashville's most promising young guitarists steps centerstage with songs and a band of his own, Daniel stops by our program to talk about the decision to strike out on his own, touring, managing a band, and learning his craft on lower Broadway.

May 22, 2020

After having both spent years as sought-after musicians playing for Steve Earle, Regina Spektor, and Son Volt, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have stepped into the spotlight as a duo that is at the vanguard of Americana music.

May 15, 2020

Chris Porterfield discusses the process behind his modern folk songwriting, releasing a record with a major label, and the nuances of being a band leader

May 8, 2020

The writer of 40 Number One hits, three time Grammy winner, and star of NBC's "Songland" joins us to talk about his circuitous route to the top of Nashville.

May 1, 2020

BJ Barham, the creative force behind American Aquarium, stops by to talk about putting an entirely new band together, learning to balance the demands of music and fatherhood, and making his new album with Shooter Jennings in Los Angeles.

Apr 24, 2020

Josh talks about his time opening for the late, great John Prine.  And Jay Sweet, the executive producer of the Newport Folk Festival, talks about how the festival is helping its alumni in the unprecedented time of coronavirus.

Apr 17, 2020

The critically acclaimed country songwriter stops by to talk about growing up in a military family, studying jazz performance at the New School, and learning the business at Nonesuch Records before striking out on her own.

Apr 10, 2020

We begin with a remembrance of John Prine and then continue with our second interview with HGM's creative force, MC Taylor.

Apr 3, 2020

The insightful Alabamian returns to discuss leaving the road for the COVID crisis, starting another project in the age of white-noise, and making music for different reasons as he's gotten older.

Mar 27, 2020

The quintessential 21st century working songwriter joins our show.  Todd has made his home in East Nashville for the last 25 years, he tours the nation relentlessly, and has become a folk music institution.

Feb 29, 2020

This Nashville by way of Jackson, TN songwriter discusses honing her craft, finding inspiration, and meshing with creative partners.

Jan 31, 2020

Eric D. Johnson discusses early days touring with the Shins and Modest Mouse, keeping the faith with a project through high times and low, and learning to write outside of the studio.

Nov 29, 2019

This native of Wildwood Florida is known for her critically acclaimed albums, her XM radio show, and her frequent appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.  She breaks down the early years of her career and persevering through difficult times to make art.

Oct 30, 2019

The troubadour from Nashville by way of Memphis talks touring regionally to build a following, branching out and starting a vinyl subscription service, and how personal tragedy can inform one's lifelong creative aim.

Sep 27, 2019

The Nashville via New Jersey vocalist and songwriter discusses the turn of the century anti-folk scene in NYC, her major label debut being derailed by legendary producer Rick Rubin, and sobriety.

May 31, 2019

The DC native talks about his early musical influences, struggles with major labels, and his intuitive creative process.

Apr 26, 2019

The former Dresden Dolls front-woman turned solo artist talks about her early years street performing, listening to her audience rather than third party critics, and her role as a pioneer in artistic crowdfunding.

Feb 22, 2019

The former staff writer for Warner Chappell has stepped centerstage with a solo career, discusses what the feeling of charting a #1 hit, home recording, and the pros/cons of co-writing.

Dec 28, 2018

The Beaumont native discusses playing studio sessions for Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, the balance of having his own band and playing for other people, and the simplicity that he's always chasing as a songwriter.

Oct 26, 2018

The husband and wife folk/soul duo now residing in Nashville talk vocal maintenance, plumbing subconscious depths for material, and learning to tour smart.

Sep 28, 2018

The founding member of Minor Threat, Fugazi, and Dischord records sits down to talk about the mild "writer's block" that parenthood can usher in, the reality of not being able to control people's interpretation of songs once they're released, and the practicality of his storied business ethos.

Aug 31, 2018

The Tulsa troubadour describes his transition from hardcore music to folk, how to put on a compelling live show solo, and staying inspired even when the creative process is painful.

Jul 28, 2018

MC Taylor is the songwriter behind this Durham-based outfit.  He talks about finding his writing voice over the course of several different projects, working with a long-time collaborator, and developing less encumbered music listening habits.  Also, watch out for the surprise cameo by Phil Cook.

Jun 29, 2018

One of Nashville's favorite daughters, by way of Jacksonville Texas, discusses arriving for writing appointments with children in tow, finding song inspiration in everyday conversation, and dealing with the success of an international crossover hit.

May 25, 2018

Dave Simonett, songwriter and founding member of the Minnesota bluegrass powerhouse TBT, talks about the mania of touring in your 20s, keeping a band together through the power of respect, and techniques he uses to keep himself inspired.

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