LifeNotes: Songwriter Greg Trooper Dies

Greg Trooper

Songwriter Greg Trooper died Jan. 15, 2017, two days after his 61st birthday.

Trooper, a New Jersey native, has had songs recorded by 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 has had harmony vocals provided by Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash.

The songwriter first garnered the attention of Steve Earle, who recorded Trooper’s “Little Sister” and later Gill, who recorded “We Won’t Dance” on his 1989 debut project for MCA Nashville When I Call Your Name.

Trooper recently released his 13th album, Live At The Rock Room, a recording of a live performance from January 2015 in Austin, Texas. It features Texas musicians Jack Saunders on upright bass and Chip Dolan on keyboards and accordion.



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