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JPR Live Session: Joe Pug

Singer/songwriter Joe Pug has released four full-length albums, the latest of which, "The Flood In Color," came about during a period when he was assessing whether forging on as a touring musician meshed with his life outside of music. The tracks that ended up on the album came from a collection of over 80 newly written songs.

A chance run-in with Steve Earle early in his career helped raise Joe Pug's profile.  Pug was opening for Rhett Miller at the time, and Earle heard a set, liked what he heard, and added him as a support act for a month-long tour.  From there, Pug's intelligent songwriting and approachable personality on and off-stage have built a solid following.

In 2015, Joe Pug launched a podcast called The Working Songwriter, which is a monthly hour-long conversation with some of today's best songwriters.  Though he initial thought it might be a way of picking up tips and tricks of the trade, that's not at all what it became.

Joe was joined in the studio by Matt Wright on piano and vocals, and Charles Muench on upright bass and vocals.


JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.