Joe Pug and Strand of Oaks Release Split Single, Begin North American Tour

Joe Pug and Strand of Oaks Release Split Single, Begin North American Tour

Indie-folk songsmith Joe Pug kicks off a 47 date North American tour on March 31st in Austin, TX, joined by Philadelphia's Strand of Oaks on all dates. In anticipation of the tour, the artists took a pass at each others music, with Pug covering Strand of Oaks' "End in Flames", and Strand of Oaks offering his take on the Pug's Hymn #101". Both tracks are available as free downloads.

Listen to and Download Both Tracks Via Soundcloud

North American Tour Dates

March 31 Austin, TX--Mohawk**
April 1 Houston, TX--Mucky Duck**
April 2 Dallas, TX--The Loft**
April 3 Knoxville, TN--Rhythm and Blooms Festival
April 5 Asheville, NC--The Grey Eagle**
April 6 Atlanta, GA--The Earl**
April 7 Birmingham, AL--Workplay**
April 8 Nashville, TN--The Basement**
April 9 Charlotte, NC--The Evening Muse**
April 11 Chapel Hill, NC--Local 506**
April 12 Charlottesville, VA--The Southern**
April 13 Washington, DC--The Black Cat**
April 14 Philadelphia, PA--Johnny Brendas**
April 15 Brooklyn, NY--The Rock Shop**
April 16 New York, NY--The Mercury Lounge**
April 18 Boston, MA--Middle East Upstairs**
April 19 Williamstown, MA--House Show**
April 20 Toronto, ON--The Horseshoe**
April 21 Buffalo NY--9th Ward**
April 22 Cleveland, OH--Beachland Tavern**
April 23 Pittsburgh, PA--The Club Cafe**
April 26 Columbus, OH--Rumba Cafe**
April 27 Champaign, IL--The Canopy Club**
April 28 Bloomington, IN--The Bishop**
April 29 Chicago, IL--Lincoln Hall**
April 30 St. Paul, MN--Turf Club**
May 1 Madison, WI--High Noon Saloon**
May 2 Iowa City, IA--The Blue Moose**
May 3 St. Louis, MO--Off Broadway**
May 4 Lawrence, KS--The Bottleneck**
May 6 Denver, CO--Hi Dive**
May 7 Colorado Springs, CO--Fuel/Friends House Show
May 8 Salt Lake City, UT--Kilby Court**
May 10 Pullman, WA--BellTower**
May 11 Bellingham, WA--The Green Frog**
May 12 Vancouver, CAN--The Media Club**
May 13 Seattle, WA--Tractor Tavern**
May 14 Portland, OR--The Doug Fir**
May 15 Willamina, OR--Wildwood Hotel**
May 17 San Francisco, CA--Bottom of the Hill**
May 18 Santa Cruz, CA--The Crepe Place**
May 19 San Diego, CA--The Casbah**
May 20 Los Angeles, CA--The Satellite** (formerly Spaceland)
May 21 Tempe, AZ--The Sail Inn**
May 22 Albuquerque, NM--Low Spirits**
May 24 Oklahoma City, NM--The Blue Door**

**Strand of Oaks supports


or the moment, Joe Pug has it figured out, career if not life: Just write the songs that have to be written, play them for anybody who will listen, tour as if you had no home. Oh, and give your music away. Which isn't to say he won't be selling his debut full-length offering, Messenger ( Released 2/16/2010 on Lightning Rod). But free is how he came to make it, more or less.

It worked like this, for Joe Pug anyhow: The day before his senior year as a playwright student at the University of North Carolina, he sat down for a cup of coffee and had the clearest thought of his life: I am profoundly unhappy here. Then came the second clearest.

Pug packed up his belongings and pointed his car towards Chicago. Working as a carpenter by day, the 23 year-old Pug spent nights playing the guitar he hadn't picked up since his teenage years. Using ideas originally slated for a play he was writing called "Austin Fish," Pug began creating the sublime lyrical arrangements that would become the Nation of Heat EP.

The songs were recorded fast and fervently at a Chicago studio where a friend snuck him in to late night slots other musicians had canceled. He was short on money, but his bare-boned sincerity didn't require much more than a microphone and it dripped off of each note he sang.

The early rumblings of critical praise for the EP were confirmed when his first headlining gig sold out Chicago's storied Schubas Tavern in 2008. As word spread, Pug struck upon an idea that would later prove to be one of the most significant in his young career. He offered his existing fans unlimited copies of a free 2-song sampler CD to pass along to their friends. He sent the CDs out at his own expense, even covering the postage. Inside each package was a personal note thanking the fan for helping to spread the word. The response was overwhelming, and to date he has sent out over 15,000 CDs to 50 states and 14 different countries. Without access to radio, Pug managed to turn his fans into his very own broadcast system. The offer still stands, and to this day it's featured prominently on