Greg Trooper :: Upside-Down Town (Feb 8) & Tour Dates
Greg Trooper’s new Upside-Down Town CD
in stores Tuesday, February 8
52 Shakes Records
Upside-Down Town is the latest release from singer/songwriter Greg Trooper. This is Trooper’s first studio recording of new material since his acclaimed Dan Penn produced CD Make It Through This World. This time Trooper co-produced the album with Stewart Lerman (Jules Shear, Marshall Crenshaw, Boardwalk Empire) and Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton). Trooper’s lyrics speak to everyone as they umbrella themes of love and loss, dreams deferred, reconciliation and finding peace.
Trooper 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.
He’s joined on this record by some of the most talented musicians Americana music has to offer including Kenneth Blevins, (John Hiatt) on drums Kevin McKendree, (Delbert McClinton) on keyboards and guitars, and David Jacques (John Prine) bass, as well a host of guests including Trooper’s son Jack on drums for three of the tracks. It’s a jumpin’ little record.
UPSIDE-DOWN TOWN review: …Solid, deep-pocket grooves are a given; better still, Trooper’s elastic tenor and 12 new originals evoke a bodacious stew of the aforementioned ace tunesmiths — with tastes of Rodney Crowell, Jesse Winchester, Nick Lowe and John Gorka emerging throughout…. — Jim Musser/Iowa City Press-Citizen
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
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)
Upside-Down Town Release Tour
Fri Feb 11 Burlap and Bean / Newtown Square, PA /
Sat Feb 26 Blue Door / Oklahoma City, OK
Thu Mar 3 Saxon Pub / Austin, TX / with full band
Fri Mar 4 McGonigel’s Mucky Duck / Houston, TX / with full band
Sat Mar 5 The Bugle Boy / La Grange, Texas
Sun Mar 6 Gruene Hall / New Braunfels, TX / with full band
Thu Apr 7 Ashland Coffee & Tea / Ashland, VA
Sat Apr 9 Sharon House Concerts / Sharon, MA
Sun Apr 10 Armadillo’s Burritos / Keene, NH
May 5-13 UK Tour
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