The Earlville Opera House will host an evening with “Dylan-esque” indie-folk singer-songwriter Joe Pug on Friday May 26 at 8 PM. The event marks the kickoff of the EOH’s 2017 Main Stage season, featuring such artists as Chris Thomas King, Peter Yarrow, and Carrie Rodriguez, among others.
Pug’s 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. Having nearly given up the business after relentless touring, Pug returned to the studio in 2014, he did so with some of the best songs he has ever written, resulting in 2016’s “Windfall.”
Pug 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 Ryan Adams and M.Ward. On “Windfall,” Pug’s aim was simple: to capture “the music just the way we play it, with minimal production. It was a very back to basics approach because ultimately that’s what I love about music, and that’s what I love about making music,” says Pug.
Joe Pug will perform in the EOH Arts Café on Friday February 10 at 8 PM. Tickets are $35 general, $30 members, and $18 students/youth, with premiums applying in the first 4 rows. Doors open at 7:30 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY. EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.