New York, NY
Venue Address (Get Directions)Pump House Concerts
Date and Time
Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 6:30pm
We saw Greg a couple of years ago. He's got great songs, he's from NY (kinda), and he's as engaging a performer as there is.
Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 12 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty. It’s one reason Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.
Trooper has made an impact on the music scenes in all the places he’s lived since leaving home after high school: Austin, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas, Nashville and New York. Music critics praise his poetic feel, infectious melodies and insightful lyrics. Americana star Buddy Miller produced 1998’s ‘Popular Demons’ album, while soul legend Dan Penn steered 2005’s extraordinary ‘Make It Through This World’.
His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including: Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplansky and Tom Russell.
Touring nationally and internationally, Greg usually performs solo but on occasion you can find him fronting anything from a trio to a five-piece band depending on the gig.
Incident On Willow Street is full of wry, wounded and streetwise tunes. Trooper’s windswept, Latin-tinged country ballad “This Shitty Deal” sticks to the ribs like no other complaint of a deluded cuckold you’ve ever heard. - Nashville Scene
Incident On Willow Street is a wonderful and most of all human album.” – Jeremy Searle – R2
Trooper writes of troubled people, peels away at the layers of their problems and studies whether their obstacles are external or self-imposed. The songs on Incident On Willow Street are a reward for the Trooper faithful and a treat for the uninitiated. -Hyperbolium
The songs on “Incident On Willow Street” ring like timeless treasures even on a first hearing.” – Lee Zimmerman – Country Standard Time
“Greg Trooper writes great songs, including one of my very favorite songs in the world, Little Sister. On top of all that, there’s his voice – an instrument I have coveted for 15 years.” – Steve Earle
“Greg Trooper has got to be on our list of our finest contemporary songwriters.” - Billy Bragg
“Greg Trooper is a songwriter and performer who deserves about 12 times the attention he’s received. He knows how to play rock against country and folk and position the pressures of adulthood against the longing for adolescent freedom.” - Dave Marsh
Trooper’s lyrical manner is poignant and his singing is patient and evocative. – No Depression
Greg Trooper’s roots-rock can lean toward soul or country or Dylan, and it’s filled with yearning and promises – Jon Pareles (New York Times)
“Great stuff from one of the great American songwriters” - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.
On “Upside-Down Town” all of Trooper’s skills are on display: the great storytelling, the lovely melodies, an enviable supply of wit and charm but most of all his compassion for the vulnerable and heartbroken. – Ryan Scott, The Nation