Greg Trooper is such a great songwriter that some of the world's best songwriters have recorded his works. Bill Bragg, Steve Earle and Vince Gill are just of few of the artists who have covered Trooper's songs.
Bragg was quoted as saying: "Greg Trooper has got to be on our list of our finest contemporary songwriters."
He's no slouch as a performer, either. He's released 11 acclaimed albums over the past 27 years -- his newest, "Incident on Willow Street," came out last month -- and he's developed a distinctive sound that blends Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang. His 1998 album "Popular Demons" is often cited as a defining album of Americana.
He'll be in Sarasota Friday at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in a benefit for WSLR.
His varied influences come partly from his peripatetic lifestyle. He's lived in at least five states and spent time in such music meccas at New York and Austin before he settled in Nashville in the early '90s.
Besides his old-school folk, Nashville country and Austin alternative roots, Trooper infuses Celtic and gospel flavors in to his songs.
Opening the show is local singer/songwriter Carey Chaney.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door. Information: 941-894-6469, www.wslr.org.
-- Marty Clear