Singer/songwriter Joe Pug re-recorded his largely beloved acoustic solo debut in 2008 Nation of Heat with a full band, featuring The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit keyboardist Derry deBorja and singer/songwriter Courtney Hartman.
Nation of Heat | Reviewed will premiere July 22 on Nation of Heat Records. Steve Earle penned the liner for the new edition of the album, the original version of which was self-published by Pug, and made him a DIY favorite among modern singers/songwriters.
“That’s how I wanted the record to sound in the first place if I had the money and the ability to do it this way,” Pug said of Nation of Heat, has amassed over 20 million streams on Spotify. “But I know this album can’t just be original songs with a bar band behind me playing acoustic guitar. I don’t want to just add a rhythm part. It must be a complete re-imagining. “
Flowers sang backup on the opening track “Hymn #1,” while Broemel played guitar on “Nobody’s Man” and steel pedals on “Call It What You Will.” Nation of Heat | Reviewed also includes appearances by drummer Mark Stepro (Jackson Browne, Butch Walker), guitarist Justin Craig (Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry InchJohn Cameron Mitchell) and organist Phil Krohnengold (Sara Bareilles, The Milk Carton Kids).
“What this project showed me is that there are so many different forms of wealth in the world and there is a very important class of wealth that I didn’t even know I had,” Pug said, adding that there is no acoustic guitar at all. to be heard on the new version. “I have this community committed to the same artistic values as I am committed to.”
Pug has several shows on his upcoming schedule, including a July 4 appearance at the Fitzgerald’s American Music Festival in Berwyn, Ill.
https://www.spin.com/2022/05/joe-pug-revisits-debut-ep-with-killers-my-morning-jacket-members/ Joe Pug Revisits Debut EP With Killers, My Morning Jacket Members