Some foreign visitors to Australian shores strike up an immediate affinity with the country. Take emerging young Chicagoan troubadour Joe Pug, for instance. Since his inaugural visit Down Under in November 2010 the singer-songwriter has already come back twice for more – hitting the road with such names as Justin Townes Earle and Wagons, and playing the prestigious Port Fairy Folk Festival – and now, almost precisely two years since he first wowed Aussie audiences with his heartfelt muse, he’s announced a fourth Australian trip which will find him headlining shows up the east coast and finishing his run at the burgeoning Mullumbimby Music Festival.
And, excitedly for fans, this time Pug will be armed with a swag of new material from his newly released sophomore album, The Great Despiser. Overseen by in-demand producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, The Grates, Gomez, Califone) and featuring a guest appearance from The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, The Great Despiser is a natural extension of the flair shown on Pug’s acclaimed 2010 debut long-player The Messenger, which introduced fans all over the world to his narrative-driven songwriting and impassioned delivery.
There’s something about Pug’s songs and his effortlessly charismatic stage presence, which makes people instantly identify with both the man and the music when they have the chance to see him in the flesh. Pug is a chronicler of the human condition, his lyrics featuring matters that affect every one of us on a daily basis – love, laughter, fear, loathing and everything in between – all delivered in a confessional style that grabs one’s attention and never relents, drawing you into his personal yet personable world.
And it’s not only Australian audiences that have fallen for Joe Pug’s inimitable charms. Since turning his back on a promising university career to follow his musical dreams, the singer-songwriter has spent years traipsing up and down the lengths and breadths of America’s highways – sometimes solo, sometimes with band in tow – but never stopping to let the grass grow around his feet as he takes his music to the people. In the States he’s shared stages with names such as Steve Earle, M. Ward and Josh Ritter, but he doesn’t need to ride on anyone’s coattails to make an impact – he’s doing that already with a combination of solid songcraft and unrelenting conviction. Plus Pug possesses an impressive innovative streak, one which saw him sending out samplers of his music to anyone who emailed his website way before giving out your music for free was considered an acceptable option for anybody with their eye on a career.
Supporting Joe will be 7 piece string band Little Bastard who are proudly coining a new genre; ‘party-country’. Incorporating mandolin, banjo and fiddle, over the top of a pulsating upbeat acoustic rhythm, their live performances create the turbulence of Old Crow Medicine Show but with a brash clout all their own.
So if you like your music both intimate and interesting and are open to the possibility of learning something about yourself in the process, then catch Joe Pug when he hits Australian stages this November – you never know when he’ll next be back. Proudly brought to you by Love Police Touring.
JOE PUG • AUSTRALIAN TOUR NOVEMBER 2012
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Wednesday 21 - WORKERS CLUB, MELBOURNE - with Little Bastard
Thursday 22 - WORKERS CLUB, MELBOURNE - with Little Bastard
Friday 23 - THE ANNANDALE HOTEL, SYDNEY - With Little Bastard & Patrick James
Saturday 24 - THE WAITING ROOM, BRISBANE – with Little Bastard
Sunday 25 - MULLUMBIMBY FESTIVAL, MULLUMBIMBY
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