A New Jersey born singer-songwriter who has released twelve albums of crafted writing to date and who has had his songs covered by such respected songwriters as Steve Earle, Vince Gill and Billy Bragg. Trooper has long been a Lonesome Highway favourite and took the time to answer these questions.
What reflections do you have of how things have changed or evolved over the years? Your ambitions will have obviously have changed over the years and the fact that you are still performing and recording suggest the core inspiration is the music itself. Would that be your inclination also? I still have professional ambitions. I still believe, and maybe more so now, that the work is thing. What I mean by that is working at songwriting and performing and trying to connect with an audience is my From The Inside - Alice Cooper - The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper (DVD) and goal.
The landscape for delivering music has changed dramatically over the last few years. How has that affected you? That may change. The first rule in this business is there are no rules. The advent of such funding sources seems ideally suited to an artist with a reasonable fanbase.
Does that make it easier or are things still as problematic as ever? Funding is a huge issue for the independent musician. Kickstarter a nd the like have been a great asset but how many times can you go back to your fans for your recording and promotion budget? Has the lived circuit changed too and has the age of the audience been a factor in how and where you play these days?
My audience Ik Hou Van Jou - Various - Vergeet-Me-Nietjes - Vlaamse Romantische Hits right along with me. You lost your friend the late, great Larry Roddy who was a great supporter of your music, Has that been a factor in not being back in Ireland in recent times? Larry was not just an agent for me. He was a dear friend.
I learned so much about so many things from him. It has been hard for me to tour Ireland with out him there to One Honest Man - Greg Trooper - Incident On Willow Street about Dylan, The Blues, and Irish history. The new album Incident On Willow Street is another great addition to your fine body of work. Was there a particular inspiration behind the songs? Not really. It was more subconscious than that. This all came out from the writing more than contemplating what I was going to write.
I will say the songs are not autobiographical. That would bore the listener. I like to say my songs are reality based fiction. You worked with some fine players on the album such as Larry Campbell and producer Stewart Lerman. Casting players for an album is key to the outcome. Hard to answer that. I still look forward to every gig.
Still love the writing and recording process. The nature of what you do can be lonely as you tend to travel a lot solo. Has that become more difficult as time goes on?
Yes and no. I look for it everywhere. Books, articles, movies, music, conversations etc. I just wish I could remember all the mental notes I take.
Hopefully Ireland in the fall of Reviews Music Reviews Live Reviews. What are the highlights, for you, of the work you have produced to date?
Do you still draw inspiration from similar Greasy Legs - George Harrison - Wonderwall Music What are the next projects for you and for One Honest Man - Greg Trooper - Incident On Willow Street future?
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