See Joe Pug This Saturday

April 14th, 2011

Joe Pugliese grew up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. and attended a magnet high school before heading to the University of North Carolina to become a playwright. But the day before his senior year he decided he was more interested in songwriting than playwriting. So Pugliese dropped out of college and hightailed it to Chicago, where he worked as a carpenter during the day and recorded songs, wherever and whenever he could, at night. As Joe Pug, the singer-songwriter put out his debut EP, the well-crafted Nation of Heat, in 2008. The well-received disc led to tours with Steve Earle, Josh Ritter and M. Ward. And a full-length, Messenger, followed last year. But Joe Pug (above, doing “How Good You Are” for KXT FM) admits he doesn’t “think it’s right to ask someone to pay $15 when they don’t know what they’re getting.” So he offers a free four-song download on his Web site. Check out his tunes and then go see him play live at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night.