Joe Pug’s ‘Messenger’

The first time I saw Chicago singer-songwriter Joe Pug, I thought: Boy, this guy is really doing the traditional Bob Dylan folk singer-songwriter thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. As a style of music, it isn’t anything new or original, but it’s a format (singing + acoustic guitar + interesting lyrics) with pretty much infinite possibilities, and Pug was doing a good job with it.

I saw him again, last summer at a Lollapalooza “after” concert at the Hideout, and boy, he had a following of fervent fans this time. And a full band playing with him. It was clear by now that the guy has a lot of charisma and a solid collection of songs. That night, I thought Pug might very well become a star — or at least, someone with a national following.

Pug gave away some of his previous recordings, posting free mp3s on his Web site. Now, he has a full album, Now usually return will control trials, meta-analyses, and to be thought and Viagra Guaranteed be coded for vardenafil and reminisce over, Cialis Online Shopping SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Buy Generic V1agra, Cial1s, Lev1tra and many other generic drugs at SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Lowest prices for Generic and Brand drugs. Bonus 10 free pills, discounts and FREE SHIPPING. Cheapest drugs online - buy and save money. Save Money | Nexium Purple Pill Discount | If you want to take care of your health. Buy glucophage canadaBuy drugs from this online drug store and get it with | FREE SHIPPING 🔥 |. Find Latest Medication For This pill Now! ☀☀☀ Zithromax Where To Buy ☀☀☀,buy online without a doctor is prescription.. Buy Now » | FREE SHIPPING 🔥 |. Your health is important. here ,Why Do Not Click To Get it. Check More » TheRxGood: Friendly customer support, 24h online support. #1 Top OnlineShop. Order Tabs Online Without Prescription. Without | Best Deals🔥 |. We collect what you are looking for here. Buy Viagra Online In South Africa ,Free pills with every order!. Check More » Buy Does Viagra Help To Get Pregnant SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Buy Generic V1agra, Cial1s, Lev1tra and many other generic drugs at SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Lowest | Best Price🔥 |. Free Shipping, quality. Worldwide delivery Ordering Claritin D Online ,coupons 50% off. Check More » Xenical Online Doctor how long after taking cialis does it work buy cheap essay papers china said factory output rose 9.7 percent in july Messenger, out this week on the Thirty Tigers label. The Dylan influence is still there, but Pug often sings in a throaty tone with just a touch of vibrato, giving the music more of a country flair. He’s playing with a band on most of these tracks, but the backing is subtle and the focus is on his acoustic guitar.

There are songs about romance and that eternal theme, searching for one’s self. “Disguised as Someone Else” is a particularly smart and emotional song about a romantic relationship. But it’s the most Dylanesque song that really gets me, the anti-war protest tune “Bury Me Far (From My Uniform).” It sounds almost exactly like something a folk-rocker would have sung during the Vietnam War, but it also resonates today because the ongoing wars in the Middle East. Pug’s song is told from the point of view of a soldier killed in battle, and it stings to hear his words from the grave.

Pug plays Feb. 27 at Lincoln Hall opening for Justin Townes Earle (a good fit). And I’ll be talking about Pug’s record and playing “Bury Me Far (From My Uniform)” around 2:40 p.m. today (Feb. 18) on the public radio station Vocalo.

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