Biography and Press

Greg Trooper

It’s not surprising to learn that artists from Steve Earle to Billy Bragg are Greg Trooper fans. Trooper, A New Jersey native now based in Brooklyn, excels at character studies, painting wonderful portraits of people living through good times and bad times. His matter-of-fact delivery – as both a singer and a songwriter – bring a sense of realism to the tales that he tells. His music lives at the intersection of Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Texas troubadour. As a live performer he’s been described as articulate, quick-witted, extremely musical, outrageous, compassionate and kind.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including: Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Russell and Walt and Tina Wilkins. On previous albums he’s had help with harmony vocals by the likes of Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash.

Trooper spends more than half the year on the road playing festivals, theaters, listening rooms and house concerts.

Greg Trooper’s thirteenth album, Live At The Rock Room, is a recording of a single performance in January 2015 in Austin, TX. It features standout Texas musicians Jack Saunders on upright bass and Chip Dolan on keyboards and accordion. This collection of 14 songs delivers a cross section of Trooper’s work over the years as well as the brand new heartbreaker “Broken Man”.


“After listening to Live At The Rock Room one can see why Greg Trooper has been bracketed with greats such as Townes Van Zandt and Tom Russell for his dramatic ability to spin chiming Everyman messages from personal narratives”  –  David Innes (R2)

” ‘Everything’s A Miracle’ has all the markings of an instant classic” – Vin Scelsa (WFUV)

Greg Troopers excellent Live at the Rock Room fortifies deeply personal narratives with razor-sharp songwriting. – Brian T. Atkinson  (Polished Steel)

Trooper appeared in one of our Folk DJ showcases last year, and from the moment he took the stage we wondered why he hadn’t been part of our roster for decades. He is a master of live performance–articulate, quick-witted, superbly musical, sassy and outrageous, compassionate and kind. – Caffe Lena

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. –  Jewly Hight  (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 promisesJon 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)