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click to enlarge Joe Pug, with Patrick Dethlefs, Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., ivywildschool.com.
  • Joe Pug, with Patrick Dethlefs, Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., ivywildschool.com.
A lot of artists are extremely coy about their inspirations, but singer-songwriter Joe Pug is not among them. Back in 2013, the wily indie-folk troubadour gave a workshop at the MeadowGrass Music Festival on the subject of stealing songs. Which is not to say that he’d actually do that himself, although he’ll eagerly acknowledge the influence of Texas legends like Joe Ely, James McMurtry and Ray Wylie Hubbard, whose alt-country legacies inspired Pug to relocate from Chicago to Austin. Ely, in fact, was the first guest on Pug’s monthly podcast The Working Songwriter, which has since featured in-depth conversations with artists ranging from avant-folk musician Anais Mitchell to Fugazi founder Ian MacKaye. The idea behind the podcast, according to Pug, is to “talk shop with today’s best songwriters.” And as fans of Pug standards like “The Great Despiser” and “I Do My Father’s Drugs” will tell you, Pug is right up there with them. 

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