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Greg Trooper
Greg Trooper at Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Background information
Born (1956-01-13)January 13, 1956
Origin Neptune, New Jersey, US
Died January 15, 2017(2017-01-15) (aged 61)
Nashville, Tennessee, US
Genres Americana, alternative country, folk-rock, folk
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, piano, vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels D'Ville Record Group
Koch Records
Eminent Records
Sugar Hill Records
52 Shakes Records
Associated acts Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Vince Gill

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

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


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.


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

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