Greg Trooper

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Greg Trooper
Greg Trooper at Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Greg Trooper at Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Background information
Born(1956-01-13)January 13, 1956
OriginNeptune, New Jersey, US
DiedJanuary 15, 2017(2017-01-15) (aged 61)
Nashville, Tennessee, US
GenresAmericana, alternative country, folk-rock, folk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, piano, vocals
Years active1992–present
LabelsD'Ville Record Group
Koch Records
Eminent Records
Sugar Hill Records
52 Shakes Records

Greg Trooper (January 13, 1956 – January 15, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter. His songs have been recorded by many artists, including Steve Earle, Billy Bragg and Vince Gill.

Early life[change | change source]

Trooper was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey, and raised in nearby Little Silver.[1][2] He studied at the University of Kansas.

Career[change | change source]

Trooper moved to New York City for the 1980s and part of the 1990s, where he formed The Greg Trooper Band along with Larry Campbell on guitar, Greg Shirley on bass and Walter Thompson on drums. During this time he recorded his first two records: We Won't Dance and the critically acclaimed Everywhere produced by Stewart Lerman.

He also met songwriter/publisher Earl Shuman, who secured Trooper's first publishing deal with CBS Songs. Trooper's records caught the attention of Steve Earle, who recorded Trooper's "Little Sister."

In the early 1990s, Trooper met E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent who, like Trooper, would move to Nashville. Tallent produced Trooper's 1996 album Noises in the Hallway and released it on his D'Ville Record Group label.

Popular Demons followed in 1998, on Koch Records and produced by Buddy Miller. After the release of that album, Trooper signed with Nashville indie Eminent Records, which released Straight Down Rain in 2001.

Death[change | change source]

Tropper died on January 15, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee from pancreatic cancer, aged 61.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Carter, Eric R. (October 2, 2010). "Greg Trooper Tunes Up Community Center". Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  2. "Greg Trooper: It's Real Like That". Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  3. "Singer-songwriter Greg Trooper dead at 61". Retrieved January 15, 2017.

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