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The Working Songwriter

Joe Pug hosts a monthly conversation with one of today's best songwriters.
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Jul 17, 2020

This Austin Texas based troubadour stops by to reminisce about a tour that we did together in a blizzard, booking his in tours in the early days, and rediscovering a freer mindset for writing.

Jul 10, 2020

The Texas music icon talks his early days in the outlaw Austin folk scene and his latest star-studded release on Big Machine Records.

Jul 3, 2020

The Ottawa native makes a triumphant return to music after a 6 year hiatus and stops by our show to talk about her journey so far.

Jun 26, 2020

Zach Williams of this critically acclaimed indie-folk outfit talks getting started in NYC in the early aughts, what it felt like to break out onto the national stage, and writing on the road.

Jun 19, 2020

Pete Bernhard of The Devil Makes Three, a folk and bluegrass powerhouse going on two decades, stops by to talk touring, keeping a creative group together, and the making of his new solo album "Harmony Ascension Division".

Jun 12, 2020

The multiple-time Grammy winner and bluegrass virtuoso from Wimberely TX stops by to talk songwriting and musicianship.

Jun 5, 2020

Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist, the creative forces behind this Austin TX Rock and Roll institution, talk about learning how to record albums with a feeling, co-writing with Kid Rock and Bob Seger, and keeping a creative partnership going for over a decade.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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