Rarity Rock Radio presents a special album campaign for the whole month of April featuring Trapper Schoepp for the release of the new album ‘Siren Songs’ being released on April 21st.
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The new song “Cliffs of Dover” is playing in the RRR Top 10 Favorites of the Month for April 2023 at 9am, Noon, and 6pm PT at rarityrockradio.com.
About the artist, song, and new album being spotlighted all month:
Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp has announced his new studio album Siren Songs, out April 21 via Grand Phony (US) / Rootsy (EU).
After having spent the last decade performing countless live dates and sharing stages with such like-minded Americana mainstays as The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks, Frank Turner and Old 97’s, Schoepp will take to the road again with his forthcoming album Siren Songs. Recorded at Johnny Cash’s Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN, Trapper continues down the trail trod by his musical heroes. In 2019, the Milwaukee singer-songwriter published a long lost song with Bob Dylan called “On, Wisconsin” – making him the youngest musician to share a co-writing credit with the Nobel Prize laureate. The song led to a #1 trending article in Rolling Stone and over a hundred tour dates worldwide. Most recently, Trapper is featured on the Siren Songs album cover posing in the same pond where Johnny Cash would read and dispose of letters sent to him by Bob Dylan, protecting a private correspondence and kinship that started in the sixties.
Hailed as “a master storyteller” by HuffPost and beloved for his “rootsy, cinematic rock that charms as it soars” (NPR Music), Schoepp’s forthcoming album Siren Songs is his strongest collection of songs to date, steeped in a sonic palette of traditional American and Irish folk music while giving it new life. Produced by John Jackson (The Jayhawks, Ray Davies) and Patrick Sansone (Wilco), the recording sessions for Siren Songs took place at Johnny Cash’s historic Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN where Schoepp and his collaborators recorded with instruments found on the storied grounds.
Schoepp has shared his new anti-war single “Cliffs of Dover,” a driving roots-rock song about an Iraq war veteran struggling with PTSD after returning home.
“PTSD has taken hold of an Iraq war veteran on ‘Cliffs of Dover,’” shares Schoepp. “He can’t escape the sounds of bullets and is torn up inside and out, reeling from the trauma of a failed war. I wrote this in response to war stories heard through Milwaukee’s Guitars 4 Vets organization – a non-profit I’ve worked with that provides guitars and lessons to veterans in need. This song lends lines from the World War II anthem ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ by Vera Lynn. With that song and the recent international wars in mind, this song is sung as a call to peace and a remembrance of those we’ve lost.”
Watch the music video directed by Joseph Cash here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyyMuTizXiE
About “Devil’s Kettle” – one of the new songs on the album and part of the feature show:
“This song is inspired by the Devil’s Kettle, a mysterious rock formation and waterfall I encountered along Highway 61. A river splits below these waterfalls, with one tributary to Lake Superior and the other flowing underground to an unknown location. It is said gangsters like Al Capone would dispose of bodies in this natural phenomenon. I had the honor of recording this track with Johnny Cash’s 1930s Martin Guitar. It was called the “shitkicker” guitar because it long sat on Johnny’s couch where it was often played by his friends and guests.” – Trapper
Watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD2Qneo_apQ
About “Secrets of the Breeze” – one of the new songs on the album and part of the feature show:
“During the height of the pandemic, I began paddle boarding obsessively on Lake Michigan. My friends and I would explore this Great Lake into the winter months, passing by ancient shipwrecks, floating icebergs and Wisconsin wildlife. It became an instant refuge, filling me with a sense of wonder I hadn’t felt since childhood. One December day, a strong gust of wind threw me off my paddle board into a pile of boulders onshore. I ended up in the ER with an injured foot and renewed sense of respect for Mother Nature and its many mysteries.” – Trapper
Watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czFXZqxLKJI
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