Trapper Schoepp – What You Do To Her

Wisconsin-based Trapper Schoepp’s new album, Primetime Illusion, will be released worldwide on January 25, 2019. Produced in Milwaukee by Pat Sansone (Wilco, Robyn Hitchcock), Primetime Illusion sees Schoepp reaching for his own place in the canon with a truly remarkable collection of character-driven songs and stories, a carefully etched series of sonic snapshots in which people we all know struggle to fulfill their own American dream. The album also features a co-write with Bob Dylan called, “On, Wisconsin.” Rolling Stone premiered the song today alongside a Q&A with Schoepp, and the state of Wisconsin shot a mini documentary about it.

In early 2017, the news emerged that way back in 1961 just months after he’d first moved to New York City, Dylan had drafted a song about Schoepp’s beloved Wisconsin, imagining a homesick rambler pining for the cheese and beer of his faraway Badger State. More than half a century later, the handwritten lyric sheet was uncovered by a former roommate and put up for auction at $30,000. In Milwaukee, Schoepp saw a photograph of Dylan’s handwritten lyrics and decided to set them to music, recording a rollicking version of the song that he titled “On, Wisconsin.”

“I just connected with it immediately,” Schoepp says. “It’s so obvious. I knew immediately that I had to finish the song. I just thought it’s got to be done.” Once he finished the song, it was sent to Dylan’s management team to consider it for an official co-write credit with intent to publish. Eventually, consent was given, bestowing Schoepp’s official imprimatur on the collaboration.
“On, Wisconsin” – which closes Primetime Illusion – proved the catalyst for Schoepp, to get creative again after going through some rough personal times.

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Sunflower Bean – Come For Me

New York Trio Sunflower Bean released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Twentytwo in Blue, in 2018, and have announced a new EP entitled King Of The Dudes. The EP’s first single ‘Come For Me’ is out now. “This song was inspired by inner strength, power, and sexual freedom,” explain Sunflower Bean. “In 2018 there is no time to waste and no time for shame.

This song is a declaration of that. Do you really want to come for me? Do you really want to waste my time? The song is a dare, a threat, and a beckoning.” Sunflower Bean began recording King of the Dudes this past summer in Los Angeles following the release of Twentytwo in Blue. Twentytwo In Blue allowed us to find our strength and on King Of The Dudes we use it, no holds barred.”

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Aaron Lee Tasjan – End Of The Day

Most people know Aaron Lee Tasjan as one of the wittiest, most offbeat, brilliant Americana troubadours writing and singing songs today. And the New York Times, NPR and Rolling Stone will all gladly corroborate. But steel yourselves, folk fans, because heís about to follow his restless muse straight out from under the weight of everyoneís expectations into the kind of glammy, jingle-jangle power-pop- and- psych-tinged sounds he hasnít dabbled in since his younger days playing lead guitar for a late-period incarnation of The New York Dolls. Really, the roots of Tasjanís new record, Karma for Cheap, stretch even deeper, drinking up the sounds of a Southern California childhood spent listening to The Beatles while riding around with his mom at the wheel of their navy blue Volvo station wagonóback to the very first pre-teen year he picked up a six-string and started figuring out all the pretty little chords in those Lennon-McCartney tunes. Back to the pure, blissful unfiltered innocence of falling in love with music for the first time. Aaron Lee Tasjan says he aims to use his music for good, but heís no protest singer. And Karma for Cheap isnít some heavy-handed, didactic political record cramming a set of talking points down anyoneís throat. Itís a finely tuned rock & roll seismograph measuring the dark and uncertain vibrations of the time in which it was created.

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Brian Fallon (31 August 2011)

Brian Fallon recently stopped by to premiere a few songs from The Horrible Crowes album and have a live in-studio chat with Jeff Raspe.

Women Of Song (17 January 2019)

Martin Howth, Mary McKrink, Dawn Hopkins, Strumberry Pie, Jo Wymer, & Pam McCoy from the Women Of Song show at Light Of Day Winterfest ’19 recently stopped by to play a couple of songs and have a live in-studio chat with Rich Robinson.

Citizen Cope – Justice

Ask him how he knew it was time to record his first new studio album in seven years, and Clarence Greenwood, the trailblazing artist and producer better known as Citizen Cope, has a simple answer: “It was time.”Cope has built an entire career on trusting his gut and following his muse, and if his new album, ‘Heroin & Helicopters,’is any indication, his instincts are sharper now than ever before. As technically innovative as it is emotionally resonant, the record arrives at a uniquely challenging moment in modern American culture, when profound political polarization and social divisions seem to grow deeper by the day. Rather than dwell on our differences, though, Cope tunes into what unites us here, drawing one very thing from Chuck Brown and The Beatles to Randy Newman and Bill Withers, aiming his unique brand of urban folk inwards to reflecton the personal journeys we all undertake to embrace ourselves despite our flaws. “I think we’re all on a mission to find some inner peace,” he reflects. “We’re all going towards this collective consciousness, and even though it’s dark right now, I believe we’re going to reach that place together. Peace and harmony and understanding, that’s how you combat the darkness, and that’s what this record is all about.”

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