Joe Pug News–Spring Tour Edition


Hey guys,

Well, call it a labor of love… I have agreed to leave the temperate Austin quasi-winter to plunge directly into icy heart of the American northeast. The band and I will be spending the month of February on the road, getting as far north as Toronto. We’ve even convinced fellow Austinite David Ramirez to jump in the van with us and open the shows (though as a life-long Texan he remains skeptical about our timing and cardinal direction). Fortunately, we’re grizzled enough to now know to bring our own space heaters for the dressing rooms on a winter tour. This isn’t our first dead-of-winter rodeo!

Below, as usual, you’ll find some news, links to some things I’ve been enjoying lately, and the full set of tour dates. Whether it would be your first time seeing us live or your eleventh, we would love to see you (again). Thanks as always for your support.



Style” by Charles Bukowski: Before hearing this poem, I didn’t think I was a fan of Bukowski. I had tried reading some of his work when I was younger and just didn’t click with it. That’s the way it goes sometimes with authors… as a reader you have to be in the right place personally before you can receive their message. Our bass player, Matt, read us this poem right before we took stage in Newport KY last November. And with that, Bukowski’s voice finally began to speak to me.

Narcissus and Goldmund” by Herman Hesse: I always feel uncomfortable when I have the urge to recommend a work of art that’s considered a classic. After all, if Western Culture (that’s right, with a capital W.C.) has deemed a novel essential, then who the hell am I to sit back and say, “Hey guys check this out, it’s pretty good.” The fact of the matter is, you’ve probably read this book already. I’m pretty late to the party. But last month, I stumbled upon this work of Hesse’s in my local bookstore, bought it, and had finished it within a few days. If the only Hesse you have read is “Siddhartha”, I’d heartily recommend this work of his as well. Some readers consider it the high-water mark of his creative output.

Father John Misty on WTF Podcast: This is an engrossing conversation with one of my favorite songwriters. It brought a smile to my face to learn that he’s from Rockville MD. If only he was from P.G. county, then he would truly have cred. Oh well, he only missed it by a couple of miles.


Going way back on this one….this month’s edition is a recording of a show we did at Austin’s legendary Cactus Cafe in 2010. This was on the tail end of our very first headlining tour. Check it out HERE.


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Fall 2013 Tour

We’re heading out for one last US tour before shutting down to do some recording this winter. For a full list of the dates visit the “tour” link above, or click “read full post”.

Oct 4 Fort Worth, TX–Live Oak Music Hall
Oct 5 Denton, TX–Canned Fest
Oct 8 Albuquerque, NM–Low Spirits
Oct 9 Phoenix, AZ–The Rhythm Room
Oct 10 San Diego, CA–The Soda Bar
Oct 11 Los Angeles, CA–The Satellite
Oct 12 San Francisco, CA–Cafe DuNord
Oct 13 Felton, CA–Don Quixote’s
Oct 14 Sacramento, CA–Harlow’s
Oct 16 Eugene, OR–Sam Bond’s Garage
Oct 17 Portland, OR–The Doug Fir
Oct 18 Vancouver, BC–Electric Owl
Oct 19 Seattle, WA–The Crocodile
Oct 20 Bellingham, WA–The Green Frog
Oct 21 Moscow, ID–Mikey’s
Oct 22 Boise, ID–Neurolux
Oct 23 Salt Lake City, UT–The State Room
Oct 25 Denver, CO–The Larimer Lounge
Oct 26 Kansas City, MO–The Record Bar
Nov 5 Milwaukee, WI–Linneman’s
Nov 6 Iowa City, IA–Gabe’s
Nov 7 Minneapolis, MN–7th Street Entry
Nov 8 Chicago, IL–Lincoln Hall
Nov 9 Indianapolis, IN–Do317 Lounge
Nov 10 Akron, OH–Musica
Nov 11 Newport, KY–Southgate House
Nov 12 Columbus, OH–Rumba Cafe
Nov 13 Nashville, TN–The Stone Fox
Nov 14 Louisville, KY–Zanzabar
Nov 15 Champaign, IL
Nov 16 St. Louis, MO–The Firebird
Nov 18 Fayetteville, AR–George’s Majestic
Nov 20 Tulsa, OK–The Vanguard
Nov 21 Norman, OK–Opolis
Nov 22 Houston, TX–Fitzgerald’s
Nov 23 Austin, TX–The Parish

February News


It sure has been nice holing up in Austin for the last month or so- just writing songs, cheering (and berating) my beloved Redskins, and yes eating tacos for breakfast. When I was a younger and gainfully employed as a carpenter, I would often fantasize of such a deadbeat lifestyle as I trudged to my van in the morning. And damned if it isn’t as good as I imagined! Last year, with the release of The Great Despiser, I was again overwhelmed with your connection to these songs and grateful as always for your support.

So let’s keep on trucking. We’ve taken a bit of a break from the road (our guitarist Greg has been recording a jazz album of his own) but it’s time to get back at it. The year will begin with a headlining tour next week that starts in Texas and heads to the northeast, followed by some very righteous opening dates for the great Joe Ely out west.

Also, we’ve gotten a few emails regarding the stripped-down version of “The Great Despiser” that we’ve been playing live. While we don’t have a proper recording of it, we did get a nice video of it courtesy of our friends at Do317 last time we stopped through Indianapolis. The link is here, take a peek.

Yours in music,


Pug Recommends

Austin Beerworks – Many of you are probably heading to Austin next month for South By Southwest. Do yourself a favor, skip the Lone Star and get yourself a Pearl Snap or a Fire Eagle.

Parting the Waters: America in The King Years” by Taylor Branch – With my time off, I finally got a chance to read what is certainly one of the definitive accounts of Dr. King’s life. It’s a trilogy, but the first volume mentioned here (which begins with the Montgomery bus boycotts and goes through the Kennedy assassination) is a true gem. Alternately inspiring and exasperating, it’s a stunningly intimate portrait of the leader and the trials that he endured.

Guttersnipe” by Bhi Bhiman – On our headlining tour in April, we will be joined by this remarkable songwriter. If you’re planning on skipping the opening act, DO NOT listen to this powerful song, else you will undoubtedly have to change your plans.

Free Music

For this month’s edition we’re going back a long way to one of the personal highlights of my career to date. One of the first “big” shows I played was the Newport Folk Festival, and we were lucky enough that NPR recorded the whole set and put it up for free download. Grab a copy here..

New Merch Items

But enough of all that free stuff….if you’re in the mood to be relieved of your hard-earned currency, we’ve added a couple new things to the merch store. We repressed Messenger onto 180 gram red vinyl, which came out pretty gorgeous and we also added some embroidered logo hats. Check em out.

Current Tour Dates

For ticket links visit the tour page.

Feb 7 Houston, TX–The Mucky Duck ( tickets )
Feb 8 Ft. Worth, TX–Live Oak Music Hall ( tickets )
Feb 10 Nashville, TX–3rd and LIndsley ( tickets )
Feb 12 Knoxville, TN–Barley’s ( Free Show! )
Feb 13 Asheville, NC–The Grey Eagle ( tickets )
Feb 14 Charlotte, NC–Visulite Theater ( tickets )
Feb 15 Chapel Hill, NC–Local 506 ( tickets )
Feb 16 Washington, DC–The Hamilton ( tickets )
Feb 17 New York, NY–The Mercury Lounge ( tickets )
Feb 18 Boston, MA–Brighton Music Hall ( tickets )
Feb 19 Keene, NH–UCC @ The Starving Artist ( tickets )
Feb 20 Burlington, VT–Higher Ground ( tickets )
Feb 21 Ottawa, ON–Cafe Deckuf ( tickets )
Feb 23 Toronto, ON–Hugh’s ( tickets )
Mar 2 Albuquerque, NM–Route 66 Casino *
Mar 6 Park City, UT–Egyptian Theater *
Mar 10 Seattle, WA–Tractor Tavern *
Mar 12 San Francisco, CA–Slim’s *
Mar 13 Sacramento, CA–Harlow’s *
Mar 16 Los Angeles, CA–The Mint *
Mar 17 Pioneertown, CA–Pappy and Harriet’s *
Mar 19 Phoenix, AZ–Rhythm Room *
Mar 21 El Paso, TX–Tricky Falls *
Mar 22 Alpine, TX–Railroad Blues *
Mar 23 Austin, TX–Cactus Cafe *

Get the “In The Meantime EP” for Free!

A couple of years ago we released the “In the Meantime EP” and made it available for free download. That offer still stands today, and we recently updated the backend to make the process a bit quicker and easier. So download a copy for free and if you enjoy it please feel free to spread it far and wide.

Track Listing:

1. Dodging the Wind
2. In The Meantime
3. Lock the Door Christina
4. A Thousand Men
5. Black Eyed Susan


Feb 12 Charlottesville, VA–The Southern
Feb 13 Washington DC–The Hamilton
Feb 14 New York, NY–The Bowery Ballroom (supporting Nicki Bluhm)
Feb 15 Cambridge, MA–The Sinclair (supporting Nicki Bluhm)
Feb 16 Brooklyn, NY–The Knitting Factory
Feb 17 Burlington, VT–Higher Ground
Feb 18 Buffalo, NY–The Ninth Ward
Feb 19 Toronto, ON–The Drake Hotel
Feb 20 Ann Arbor, MI–The Blind Pig
Feb 21 Cleveland, OH–The Beachland Tavern
Feb 22 Lexington, KY–Willie’s Locally Known
Feb 23 Bloomington, IN–The Bishop
Feb 25 Memphis, TN–The Hi-Tone
Feb 27 Jackson, MS–Duling Hall
Feb 28 Waco, TX–Common Grounds
Mar 1 Houston, TX–The Mucky Duck

Live at The Continental Club!

We’re happy to announce that Joe will be playing one last show in Austin this year….joining Ben Kweller at the Continental Club on Thursday, October 4th. Ben will hit the stage at 10pm, and Joe will play at midnight. This show will sell out, so advance tickets are heavily recommended. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.