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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

137 Ratings

Thank you. May I have another?

Evan A.,

This Nation of Heat EP is some of the best music I've heard in a long time. Honestly, I don't know anything about Joe Pug. I only know that a friend called me up and told me to buy this EP. He said not to listen to it, not to sample it, not to buy single songs. Just buy it. So I did, and I've been listening to it non-stop ever since. I was going to try to write a review of this EP describing the music, but I think it speaks for itself. Give it a listen. I can't wait for Mr. Pug to produce more.

A developing talent

Ancient Lion,

Excellent music, no doubt about it. Pug is talented, and I can't say anything that hasn't been said already. But I can't help but compare him to Bob Dylan, which isn't necessarily bad, but it's holding back the music a little. I think that it's hard to say that he doesn't borrow a lot in his delivery and lyrical style (Compare "Nobody's Man" to "Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll") as opposed to just being "influenced by" him. Of course they said the same thing about Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Like Dylan, though, Pug has a voice of his own, and I think it will develop the more develops his own style.

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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