Four years of touring removed Joe Pug from the normalcy that enabled his musicianship in the first place. It turned songwriting into a bourbon-fueled obligation by 2013. “I was looking at it as a job … and that is a very slippery slope,” he says on his website. But Pug’s 2015 album, Windfall, reflects a much-needed break from that hustle. “When you’re sort of pushing through a dark period of your life, it’s probably inevitable that some of that is going to find its way onto the page,” he says. “But in the same way, by the time we were in the studio, the process had become very effortless and joyful. Hopefully you can hear a lot of that on the record, as well.” Pug plays his stripped-down guitar tunes at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, May 21, at 9 p.m. $17/$20. thegreyeagle.com. Photo courtesy of the artist
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