August 17, 2010

If this doesn’t make your heart feel joy, you might be dead inside

Joe Pug onstage with the Levon Helm Band and Elvis Costello, swapping jubilant verses on “The Weight” last week in Vancouver.

Joe’s face emanates the same pure, unfettered joy I see here. Go kid, go.


  • i just cried at work. because he really was just that happy.

    Katie — August 17, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

  • katie, your comment just made me cry a little too, so we’re even steven.

    browneheather — August 17, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  • What an amazing feeling it must be to look to your left, in search of the rhythm and beat, to find Levon Helm keeping the time, and then to turn to the other direction and have Elvis Costello watching you sing. Holy cow. He looks like a young Bruce Springsteen so much here…the passion, the mannerisms, the angled lean he has at the mic. Come back to Denver, please!

    Koan — August 17, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

  • That completely made my day! He’s so happy to be there.

    Frog — August 17, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

  • Yep. Not dead inside yet.
    So wish I’d been there!

    Paula — August 17, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

  • This is why I love music.

    Heather, remember that the midnight ramble is not too far of a drive from my house. Invite is open as always. It’s a musical event you should see.

    kcortez — August 17, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

  • Um, this might be my least favourite post of yours… ever. My heart just broke into a thousand pieces witnessing what I could have easily seen in person. No one told me that Elvis was gonna be there too! :(

    In all seriousness though, thanks for posting. Beautiful. Joe is too cute… he’s on my list of talented possible future husbands.

    Megan — August 17, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

  • true story: i was walking down the street in boulder after my interview with joe last summer, and my friend todd (who photographed joe for the piece) asked how it went and i said something to the effect of “he is so passionate and intelligent and charming that i want to have his babies…” and as i said that last part of the sentence, we turned the corner and literally bumped into joe. um, yeah. i blushed.

    so i support your aspirations, and i am sorry you missed the show!! :)

    browneheather — August 18, 2010 @ 10:40 am

  • Hahahaha nice, I really enjoyed that anecdote! Seriously, what is it about cute guys always being right around the corner when you’re gushing about them?! They seem to always know…

    Megan — August 18, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

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  • I saw LHB last month. Boy can they play.

    JW — August 20, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

  • Hi Heather,

    It is not until today that I truely understand what the word PUGNACIOUS means! I love his broad smile, and I imagine that this is the day he has always dreamt of.

    I saw Joe appear as an opener at the Cambridge Folk Festival a couple of weeks back and he gave a quite convincing performance in front of a huge crowd. I think and hope that he has a great future.

    btw Fuel-Friends is essential reading here on the English/Welsh border!


    Ironbath — August 23, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

  • ugh,…this awesome. This song holds aspecial place in my heart. :)

    Josh — August 25, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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