The Working Songwriter: Joe Pug’s Expert Insights and Inspiration for Musicians
UPDATED: October 25, 2023
UPDATED: October 25, 2023

Podcasts

Podcasts like Joe Rogan’s JRE have significantly changed content consumption. Rogan’s podcast reaches millions daily and delivers ten times the numbers of traditional news and media outlets. The podcast has proven to be a reliable springboard by platforming prominent artists such as Sturgill Simpson, Shooter Jennings, Honeyhoney, and viral sensation Oliver Anthony. While Rogan may currently hold the throne atop Podcast Mountain, there’s another hidden gem paving the way for some of our heartworn heroes: The Working Songwriter, hosted by Joe Pug. For nearly a decade, Pug has quietly connected with singers and songwriters, offering insights into their creative processes and the origins of their popular songs. A must-listen for music enthusiasts, aspiring writers, or podcast fans in general. Although he may not have the audience of a Joe Rogan, Pug is continuously on the frontlines of showcasing new music and bridging the gap between artist and fan.

Joe Pug

Before diving headfirst into The Working Songwriter, lets discuss the host himself.

Joe Pug is a talented songwriter from Providence, Rhode Island. Pug has made a name for himself in modern folk music with his dedication to composing, songwriting, and recording. With years of experience on the road, Joe has honed his craft and built a loyal fan base. Since the mid-2000s Pug has released multiple albums and EPs, including a RootsnRevelry favorite, his debut EP, Nation of Heat. Pug is arguably one of our generation’s top songwriters, stylistically known for his intricate lyrics and elaborate phrasing. Theres no question why he would gravitate towards a podcast about songwriting and its tradesmen.

For more information on Joe Pug, and his full biography and discography, check out his Wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Pug

Watch Hymn 101 off of Nation of Heat

 

The Working Songwriter Podcast

Established in 2015 by Joe Pug, The Working Songwriter Podcast, is rightfully becoming one of the music industry’s top podcasts. Pug, being a writer himself, has the insight to inspire thought-provoking conversations between working songwriters, discussing and exploring various aspects of their creative lives. The monthly show has become a go-to source for musicians and fans alike who crave genuine conversations with today’s most talented songwriters.  Each episode provides listeners with a unique perspective on the songwriting process, as well as intimate discussions about life on the road, life in the studio, and life in the writer’s room.

Here are some note-worthy guests on current and past episodes of The Working Songwriter.

  • Rhett Miller
  • Lucero
  • Charles Wesley Godwin
  • Ketch Secor
  • Steve Earle
  • Hayes Carll
  • Shane McNally
  • John Moreland
  • Tim Easton
  • Deer Tick
  • Slaid Cleaves
  • BJ Barham
  • Hunter Hayes

 

Watch Hunter Hayes discuss his song Wanted on The Working Songwriter

Final Thoughts

Whether you love song writing or you’re an aspiring artist, The Working Songwriter is a great addition to your playlist. Joe Pug has brought together writers from diverse backgrounds, ignoring genres, and further expanding the musical horizons. The podcast’s popularity has been steadily growing thanks to its continuously positive reviews and feedback. Pug is naturally inquisitive and has a knack for making complex topics relatable. Pug’s has started a grassroots movement, bringing the artist and their music directly to our living room.

The Working Songwriter should be a podcast staple and will resonate with anyone who will listen.

Keep fighting the good fight Joe.

 

The Working Songwriter is streaming wherever podcast are available, including the Youtube link below.

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