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Joe Pug On Mountain Stage

Joe Pug (left) and Matt Schuessler.
Brian Blauser
Mountain Stage
Joe Pug (left) and Matt Schuessler.

Singer-songwriter Joe Pug appears for the fourth time on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Pug took a non-traditional path to success in music: He left the University of North Carolina's playwright program for Chicago in his senior year to pursue songwriting full-time.

Long before it was fashionable, Pug mailed out free copies of his music to anyone who asked — which more than 15,000 did. His first full-length album, Messenger, earned him spots on the road with Todd Snider, Steve Earle and Susan Tedeschi, and in 2011 he relocated to Austin, where he worked on The Great Despiser. Pug's breakneck pace eventually caught up with him, and in 2014 he took time to regroup personally and professionally.

Now back to performing once again, Pug is backed here by bassist Matt Schuessler and drummer Mark Stepro for a set that highlights songs from his new album, Windfall.


  • "Burn And Shine"
  • "Windfallen"
  • "Veteran Fighter"
  • "If Still It Can't Be Found"
  • "Bright Beginnings"
  • "The Measure"
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