26-year-old singer-songwriter Joe Pug has been compared to Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and John Prine. After listening to his songs, these comparisons don’t seem far-fetched.
A UNC dropout and former carpenter, Pug writes lyrics that exude wisdom beyond his age. Lines such as, “I am renewed I am just made I am unchanging, I’m a pasture fenced about the edge, I am Dakota thunder raging,” read like a Walt Whitman poem.
But Pug is humble about his talent. He said he thinks the comparisons to some of the greatest songwriters of the century are flattering, but severely premature.
“Those guys made incomparable contributions to American music and that’s something I could only dream about doing,” Pug said.
Pug was studying at UNC to be a playwright, when he dropped out just before his senior year.