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Joe Pug Announces 'The Diving Sun' LP Out March 19

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Pug also releases his new single, 'Crescent Bridge,' today.

Joe Pug Announces 'The Diving Sun' LP Out March 19

Today, singer-songwriter Joe Pug announced a new album, The Diving Sun, which brings together lost gems from his various studio sessions with producers Duane Lundy (Jim James, Ben Sollee) and Kenneth Pattengale (The Milk Carton Kids, Joy Williams) along with new songs recorded in quarantine. What began as a process of collecting archived session files for a B-sides album morphed into an obsessive remix and became a full-on album process with entirely new songs slated for release March 19 via Nation of Heat Records. "Once I had chosen the archived songs, I realized that there was a narrative running through all of them," says Pug. "To complete that narrative, I had to write and record some new songs. But then once I had those new songs recorded, I had to improve the old ones. It was kind of like when you clean one room of your house and the only result is that it makes your other rooms look messier."

To accompany the announcement, Pug shared the album's romping summer romance lead track, "Crescent Bridge." The song first came together while Pug passed some time playing his children's tiny, bright blue Tom Thumb piano. "I almost never play it, preferring the upright piano in my studio, but one night last year I sat down at its keyboard to kill some time," Pug says. "Almost immediately the opening notes to "Crescent Bridge" came ringing out from Tom Thumb. It was almost as if my fingers themselves were writing the instrumental part without any help from my mind or my ear. Ten minutes later I had the song."

The Diving Sun follows "Crescent Bridge" with a bitter separation in the haunting "Wild Kind of Longing." Finally, the album reconciles on a buoyant note of hope on "Ten Miles of Mercy" with the triumphant mellotron arrangement of Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense). Along the way, there's a wry look at heartbreak with "None the Wiser," which lopes along with a beat courtesy of renowned session drummer JT Bates (Bon Iver, Taylor Swift, Bonny Light Horseman). Of course, no album about star-crossed lovers would be complete without a John-Cusack-Boombox-On-The-Lawn ballad like "Deep End," which features the wiley accordion of Philip Krohnengold (Sara Bareilles, Matt Berninger).

Joe Pug is a singer-songwriter noted for his lyrical acumen and plaintive harmonica style. After dropping out of college in his early twenties, he moved to Chicago where he worked as a carpenter before breaking into the city's music scene. Since 2008, he has released a string of critically-acclaimed albums and toured heavily in the U.S. and abroad. Paste Magazine has written of his music, "Unless your surname is Dylan, Waits, Ritter, or Prine, you could face-palm yourself to death trying to pen songs half as inspired."

He has toured with Steve Earle, Levon Helm, and Sturgill Simpson. In 2015, Brandon Flowers of The Killers personally tapped Joe to open a European tour after hearing his song "If Still It Can't Be Found." He has appeared at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and The Newport Folk Festival.

Additionally, he is the creator and host of The Working Songwriter podcast, an interview show that has become a premier destination for songwriters to discuss their craft. Past guests have included Lucinda Williams, Ian Mackaye of Fugazi, Josh Ritter, Kathleen Edwards, and many more.

Listen to "Crescent Bridge" here:

Photo Credit: Vivian Wang


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