7 Songs, 24 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

137 Ratings

137 Ratings

Joe Pug's fantastic debut EP: a young man's old soul


I first saw Joe at a tiny show in Chicago, and was amazed that this voice and these too-mature lyrics were coming out of such a young guy. This is a truly great debut EP. The production is not in the least bit slick, and the "live in the studio" approach is as it should be for Joe's brand of fantastic, folky Americana. This kid has something to say, and say it he does.

Nation of Heat is a great start to a promising career.

Generation X's Bob Dylan

Cool Jake

I saw Joe Pug in Nashville, opening up for Mofro. When I closed my eyes I could easily imagined Bob Dylan on a stool pouring out his soul. For anyone who loves music for its power, Joe Pug is the outlet from which some of the greatest is imagined.

Joe Pug Rocks


A buddy of mine gave me a copy of this cd and it is awesome. I can listen to it repeatedly and it doesnt get old.

About Joe Pug

A singer/songwriter whose songs offer an updated version of the country-folk archetypes that Bob Dylan and John Prine made famous, Joe Pug was born and raised in Maryland, and began playing guitar when he was in grade school. Pug formed his first band on a dare from his sixth-grade science teacher, who didn't believe Pug and his friends would be able to pull something together in time to appear at a school dance. The boys were able to deliver a presentable version of a tune from the first Foo Fighters album, and Pug was on his way; before long he began writing songs, convinced at an early age that a real band should play its own original material. After graduating from high school, he traveled south to North Carolina to attend college. Pug was studying writing plays, but in time his growing passion for songwriting overwhelmed his interest in drama. Pug dropped out of school and relocated to Chicago, where he supported himself as a carpenter while he wrote songs and began working his way into the city's club circuit. He released his debut EP, Nation of Heat, on his own label in 2008. ~ Mark Deming




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