Joe Pug – April 19th

Recorded on April 19th in Williamstown, MA

UPDATE : We’re full! This proved to be a very popular ticket – if you haven’t confirmed or started a conversation with me yet you are out of luck. Looking forward to a fantastic evening!

We’re thrilled to announce that Joe Pug will be playing a house concert here in Williamstown on April 19th. Joe has been one of my favorite performers since I first heard his music two years ago thanks to my friend Heather’s Fuel/Friends blog.

This will be a wonderful evening helping to support Joe on his spring tour. Also appearing with Joe will be Strand of Oaks. Admission will be $10 at the door with all proceeds going directly to the musicians. Yes, we know it’s a Tuesday night, but this is one of those rare opportunities you simply should not pass up.

Please RSVP to dhacker@gmail.com for show location and details and more information as the date approaches.

Paste Magazine gives Joe’s latest release “Messenger” a 9.1/10 Review

Some things can be learned: how to pick a few chords on the guitar, how to shut your eyes while you sing, how to wince just so during the bridge to convey emotional weight. But unless your surname is Dylan, Waits, Ritter or Prine, you could face-palm yourself to death trying to pen songs half as inspired as the 10 tracks on Joe Pug’s debut full-length. Before moving to Chicago and writing his first songs, the 25-year-old folk phenom studied playwriting at the University of North Carolina; he dropped out, but he never quit honing his empathetic imagination

Hymn 101

Unsophisticated Heart

Daytrotter has this to say about opening act “Strand of Oaks”

We’ve grown into an old age, perhaps a middle age, here with Timothy Showalter and his musical project Strand of Oaks. We’re twixt that age when we’ve started reeling from time that’s railed on us and has reeled off like a marauding storm system, knocking us down like all of the weakest branches and leaves of a tall and proud tree and a time when we were overcome with energy and defiance. It bears the markings of a man who’s been swayed and bowed, then embattled and tipped until they’ve regained a balance somewhere in the distant future. It’s a future that’s haggard and humble, melancholy and stripped of all artifice. The recollections that Showalter makes in these gorgeous songs that remind us of the fragile relationships we have with our loved ones and those that love us impossibly from afar and how they can easily crumble like dried out bread. There is a heartbreaking reach that Showalter and Strand of Oaks gets to with all of his grief-stained and grounding lyrics – all of which read as long-harbored confessions and brilliant odes to the stumbles that have been made over the years. They beg for love and they beg for forgiveness, these words, opening the souls that they’re coming from and just crying if they must, soaking their tee-shirts with years of remorse and regret if there’s any thought that an act like that could help.

The amazing Todd Roeth designed this poster for the show

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