WATCH: Joe Pug Covers Tom Waits
Up-and-coming Chicago singer/songwriter reinterprets "Ol' '55," a gem from Waits' 1973 debut.
Hometown hero Joe Pug brought something different to SPIN’sbackstage bar this past August at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival: a spot-oncover of Tom Waits’ 1973 classic “Ol’ 55.” Watch video of the performancebelow.
Pug condenses the four-minute oldie to half its length, but none of theemotional feeling is lost as he transforms the piano-led original intoan acoustic guitar ballad, wringing his heart as he sings each syllableabout a vintage Cadillac.
Pug also performed a track of his own, “Nobody’s Man,” which you canwatch here.