Super Trooper for Hawick

HAWICK-born music promoter Loudon Temple will realise an ambition he has held for five years next Friday.

For taking to the stage at the Heart of Hawick in Loudon’s native town will be Greg Trooper, one of American’s top singers and performers.

“In an illustrious career, Greg has written some of the best material to emerge in recent times – songs that have been recorded by everyone from Steve Earle to Vince Gill,” enthused Loudon, a former reporter with the Hawick News and now based in Renfrewshire.

“I saw him perform in Glasgow in 2007 and this guy is without doubt one of the world’s leading solo performers with 17 albums to his credit.

“I’ve been trying to get him to come back to Scotland ever since and I’m delighted to have managed it.

“He has a huge fan base in Europe so we were able to add some UK dates when we found he was heading back over to work here and its great for me, and for Hawick, that his gig in the town will be the opening night of a three-week tour, culminating with two sell-outs in London.”

Over three decades, the New Jersey-based performer has produced what calls a “catalogue of superbly crafted albums.”

As a teenager, he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene, discovering a holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams. Their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty led his music to feel equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.

In the studio and on the road, Trooper’s colleagues have come from roots music’s most rarified circles: Larry Campbell (Dylan), Garry Tallent (Springsteen), Kenneth Blevins (John Hiatt).

A recent review of his live album Between a House and a Hard Place, said he “sings with a clarity of purpose and a variety of effect that few in the acoustic world match.”

He returns to the UK to promote his latest highly acclaimed album Upside-Down Town which inspired the legendary Bob Harris to tell his listeners to his BBC radio 2 show that Trooper was “one of the great, great American singer-songwriters”.

Tickets (£10) for the April 29 show, which starts at 7.30pm, are on sale now from the venue.