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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 November 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been postponed from June to the new date of Tuesday 10 November – all existing tickets will remain valid.

We’re excited to be bringing Joe Pug back to Manchester – this time, to Gullivers.


If the opening notes on Joe Pug’s new LP Windfall are a bit disorienting, his fans won’t likely be surprised. The Austin, TX singer songwriter has made a habit of defying expectations so the piano-driven Bright Beginnings and the atmospheric rumination of Great Hosannas are just further indication that he’s quite comfortable stepping outside of the guy-with-a-guitar trappings of the genre.

His rise has been as improbable as it has been impressive. After dropping out of college and taking on work as a carpenter in Chicago, he got his musical start by providing CDs for his fans to pass along to their friends. This led to a string of sold out shows and a record deal with Nashville indie Lightning Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver). As he toured behind Messenger (2010) and The Great Despiser (2012), it was with a band that looked as much like a jazz trio as an Americana band. The following years would have them on the road for over four hundred shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and The Newport Folk Festival.

The relentless grind of four years of nonstop touring had taken its toll though, and by late 2013 he was ready to call it quits. The tour that fall was a runaway success but his personal and creative lives were a different story. But studio time was already scheduled and deadlines had been set for a new record, so after a few weeks Pug was back to the business of writing songs. The resulting layoff paid dividends in spades. When Pug set up camp in Lexington, KY in 2014 to record, he did so with some of the best songs he has ever written. The agenda was much simpler than previous albums. The result is a collection of songs that are as close as we’ve gotten to a road map to Pug’s ambitions. He has collected plenty of the requisite Dylan comparisons over his young career but on this record it’s easier to hear the sway of more contemporary influences like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams and M.Ward.

The theme of resilience plays a central role throughout Windfall. The weary protagonist in Veteran Fighter wills his way further down the highway despite the gloom that seems certain to overtake him. The Measure, a song inspired in part by Frederic Buechner’s novel Godric, marvels at ‘every inch of anguish, laid out side by side’ – but ultimately finds that ‘all we’ve lost is nothing to what we’ve found’. This duality appears perhaps most overtly in the album-closing stunner If Still It Can’t Be Found, which features Pat Sansone of Wilco guesting on mellotron.

As the saying goes, all’s well that ends well. Joe Pug didn’t call it quits after all. He’s engaged to be married and still drinks bourbon on occasion. His new album, Windfall, will be released 10 March on Lightning Rod Records in the US and Loose Music in Europe.

Tour support comes from fellow Loose Music artist Frankie Lee. The Mississippi-born, Minnesota-based musician released his debut album, American Dreamer, in October – with the Guardian describing it as ‘beautifully burnished Americana’ and awarding it four stars.

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been postponed from June to the new date of Tuesday 10 November – all existing tickets will remain valid.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Gullivers’ bar, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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