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Joe Pug to Release Album 3/10; US Tour

posted Jan 5, 2015, 5:44 AM by Vu Nguyen
Austin-based Joe Pug returns with Windfall, a 10-song indie-folk gem that is poised to cement his reputation as one of America’s most respected young songwriters. After hundreds of shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival Pug set up camp in Lexington, KY to record his third LP.
The first single from the forthcoming release is the album-closing stunner, “If Still It Can’t Be Found” which features Pat Sansone of Wilco guesting on Mellotron and premiered on Rolling Stone Country. “I've known Joe for a couple of years now and have been able to see his powerful live show several times,” says Sansone. “Joe has the uncanny ability to write a song that feels like it's been there always...and "If Still It Can't Be Found" is one of those.  I was really honored when he asked me to contribute to the recording of this truly beautiful and deeply soulful song.”
The agenda on Windfall was much simpler than previous albums. "The aim on this one was very straightforward.  We wanted to capture the music just the way we play it, with minimal production. It was a very back to basics approach because ultimately that's what I love about music, and that's what I love about making music. I wanted to record these songs the way they were written and put them out in the world."  

The result is a collection of songs that are as close as we've gotten to a road map to Pug's ambitions. He has collected plenty of the requisite Dylan comparisons over his young career but on this record it's easier to hear the sway of more contemporary influences like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams and M.Ward.
The theme of resilience plays a central role throughout Windfall.  The weary protagonist in "Veteran Fighter" wills his way further down the highway despite the gloom that seems certain to overtake him.  "The Measure", a song inspired in part by Frederic Buechner's novel Godric, marvels at  "every inch of anguish, laid out side by side" but ultimately finds that "All we've lost is nothing to what we've found."

"I never really write songs with a specific narrative in mind," Pug explains. "When you're sort of pushing through a dark period of your life it's probably inevitable that some of that is going to find its way onto the page.  But in the same way, by the time we were in the studio the process had become very effortless and joyful. And hopefully you can hear a lot of that on the record as well."
The duality of the record is on show in this new single and the rest of the songs from the forthcoming release promise to be just as moving. Windfall will be released on March 10, 2015 on Lightning Rod Records in the United States and Loose Music in Europe.
In the meantime, be sure to catch Joe Pug on tour this winter and spring.
Tour Dates:
1/7/15 in Asbury Park, NJ at The Stone Pony
1/8/15 in New York, NY at Irving Plaza
1/9/15 in Silver Spring, MD at The Fillmore
1/10/15 in Boston, MA at The House of Blues
1/11/15 in Philadelphia, PA at the Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA)
1/14/15 in Toronto, Canada at The Opera House
1/15/15 in Cleveland, OH at The House of Blues
1/16/15 in Detroit, MI at St. Andrews Hall
1/17/15 in Chicago, IL at The House of Blues
1/18/15 in Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue
1/21/15 in Madison, WI at The Barrymore Theater
1/22/15 in St. Louis, MO at The Pageant
1/23/15 in Manhattan, KS at The Wareham
1/24/15 in Denver, CO at The Fillmore Auditorium
1/27/15 in Flagstaff, AZ at the Orpheum Theater
1/28/15 in San Diego, CA at The House of Blues
1/29/15 in San Diego, CA at The House of Blues
1/30/15 in San Luis Obispo, CA at the Alex Madonna Expo Center
1/31/15 in Oakland, CA at The Fox Theater
2/3/15 in Chico, CA at Senator Theatre
2/4/15 in Arcata, CA at Humboldt State University Center Arts
2/5/15 in Eugene, OR at McDonald Theatre
2/6/15 in Vancouver, Canada at Commodore Ballroom
2/7/15 in Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre
3/14/15 in Norman, OK at Opolis
3/16/15 in Albuquerque, NM at Low Spirits
3/17/15 in Phoenix, AZ at Valley Bar
3/19/15 in Los Angeles, CA at Echo
3/28/14 in Portland, OR at the Aladdin Theatre
3/29/15 in Spokane, WA at The Bartlett
3/30/15 in Missoula, MT at The Top Hat
4/1/15 in Salt Lake City, UT at The State Room
4/22/15 in Indianapolis, IN at HIFI
4/23/15 in Nashville, TN at The High Watt
4/24/15 in Carrboro, NC at The Cat's Cradle
4/25/15 in Asheville, NC at The Grey Eagle
4/26/15 in Charlottesville, VA at The Southern
5/5/15 in Pittsburgh, PA at Club Café
5/7/15 in Buffalo, NY at The Ninth Ward
5/14/15 in Dallas, TX at Club Dada
5/16/15 in Austin, TX at Red 7