The Working Songwriter
By Joe Pug
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Joe Pug hosts a monthly conversation with one of today's best songwriters.
||ExplicitStrand of Oaks||Timothy Showalter, the leader of this Philadelphia psych-rock-folk project, sits down to talk about growing up in small-town Indiana, how the radio shaped his sound, and learning how to maintain a private and public persona.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSara Watkins||The southern California native reflects on her prolific career in bluegrass and beyond, with groups such as Nickel Creek, I'm With Her, and The Watkins Family Hour.||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHorse Feathers||The leader of this chamber folk group, Justin Ringle, talks about learning to love Spotify, touring for the first time, and how he uses the studio to augment his writing process.||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAmerican Aquarium||The force behind American Aquarium, BJ Barham, discusses growing up in Lucky Strike's company town, being accepted by the Texas Red Dirt community, and how to keep a band on the road for a decade.||11/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKasey Chambers||The Queen of Australian Country Music discusses her childhood in the outback, a Lucinda Williams concert that changed her life, and the tipping point of composing a song.||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHayes Carll||The laid-back writer of modern country gems such "Beaumont", "Chances Are" and, of course, "She Left Me For Jesus" joins the show to talk about sitting at the feet of Guy Clark, picking up merch from Beyonce's dad, and steering the direction of his...||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBruce Robison||This native Texan is the writer of #1 country music hits for Tim McGraw, The Dixie Chicks, and George Strait. He sat down to talk about the art of writing without an agenda, the Texas-Nashville connection, and his love for analog recording.||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRobbie Fulks||A linchpin in Chicago's vibrant folk and country for decades, Robbie reflects on the major label blues, recording techniques, and falling in love with music for the first time.||7/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTift Merritt||The Grammy-nominated songwriter from Raleigh, North Carolina reflects on her time in the studio and out on the road.||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSlaid Cleaves||Originally from South Berwick Maine, the legendary songwriter has lived in Texas for the last couple decades. He reflects on getting his start engineering sound at The Cactus Cafe and learning from music producer Gurf Morlix.||5/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnais Mitchell||The Vermont-born songsmith reflects on signing to Righteous Babe, writing her celebrated folk opera "Hadestown", and parenthood as a working artist.||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames McMurtry||An hourlong conversation with celebrated songwriter, James McMurtry.||3/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJoe Ely||The Texas icon inaugurates our show with a few stories from his many years on the road.||12/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Fun and fascinating!
Joe P. applies the same thoughtfulness and insight he displays in his songwriting to these questions and historical highlights of Ely's life and career. Can't wait for the next episode.
Great show by a great host
Been a fan for a long time. Thanks Joe!
My Favorite Podcast
I can not recommend this enough for fellow singer-songwriters. Check out the episodes with Joe Ely, Slaid Cleaves and Bruce Robison!!
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