Nation of Heat Records and celebrated singer-songwriter Joe Pug are excited to present “Hymn #35 | Revisited,” the latest single to be lifted from the Friday, July 22 release of Nation of Heat | Revisited, a reimagined, full-band version of Pug’s acclaimed 2008 debut (pre-order). Originally inspired by Walt Whitman, “Hymn #35 | Revisited” is Pug’s self-proclaimed bastardized version “Song of Myself” from Leaves of Grass. Whitman was writing a kind of folk poetry, so Pug felt it made sense in the style of a folk song and went from there. Stream “Hymn #35 | Revisited” on YouTube HERE.
Featuring contributions by Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Derry deBorja (Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) and Courtney Hartman, Nation of Heat | Revisited is a collection of songs that have earned themselves a passionate following over the years but are given the proper treatment here that Pug had originally intended for them. Revisiting and reinterpreting these songs from a place of experience and perspective. Nation of Heat | Revisited sounds livelier, rowdier, punchier, but also more sophisticated, headier. “It’s how I would’ve wanted the record to sound in the first place if I’d had the money and the ability to do it this way,” Pug says. “But I knew this album couldn’t just be the original songs with a bar band behind me as I played an acoustic guitar. I didn’t want to just add a rhythm section. It had to be a complete reimagining.”
“The songs on this EP are familiar to me, and other people like me, who have been Joe Pug fans from the very beginning. I, for one, welcome this new more fully realized version of these songs, because now I have an excuse to turn them up and listen out loud again.” — Steve Earle
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