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March 30, 2011 / John Sieger

Doghouse Guest Vocalist Greg Trooper

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Greg Trooper has a crooner’s approach to folk-rock and believe me, it works. Mining the same fields as other singer-songwriters, he marks off a little corner for himself and digs up some real gems. Leave it to me to help him write a uncharacteristically sleazy slice of low-life funk that, luckily, didn’t derail his career. (I should mention here that Greg has a great new CD called “Upside Down Town.”) Greg and I wrote more than a few songs back when we were neighbors and good friends in Nashville. Today, Greg and his family are in Rockaway, LI and the Siegers are ensconced in Wisconsin. Still friends though! This song has amazing production and some funny lyrics, including my favorite: “Your gravy boat’s run out of grease, the love we had is now deceased.” The whole song conjures up a domestic implosion seen through the bleary eyes of a badly hungover truck driver—a true act of imagination, as neither of us ever drove a truck. I promise to post some more of our stuff, none of it as bizarre as this and some of it very nice indeed, including one that features the vocal talents of one Emmy Lou Harris.

© 2011 John Sieger



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  1. Hess / Mar 31 2011 6:55 pm

    OK, take Robbie Robertson and cross him with early Ozzie and Holy Iron Man – InaGaddaDavida, Man. LOL Like it!!! Where’s my Bong Lava Lamp, anyway?

    • John Sieger / Mar 31 2011 11:35 pm

      I like that! Just read that Robbie has a new recording after 13 years!

      • Hess / Apr 1 2011 6:56 am

        Robbie is awesome ! Take the Blue Train.

        I intended all stated as totally complimentary. Plus, Black Sabbath and Iron Butterfly inspired me as a teen in that it was also a great way to get back at my parents when they aggravated me. LOL Nothing like a bit of “Iron Man” on a turntable at an ear-splitting decibel level to scare the crap out of 40-something parents back in those days. Hehehehe

        Hess aka Don…….TC, John Keep plunking! Good stuff.

  2. dave standridge / Jul 31 2011 1:56 pm

    One I missed when first posted…I can imagine it’s 2 am on a rain-washed highway, Hunter Thompson behind the wheel of a 1975 Electra 225 with Tom Waits and Frank Zappa in the back seat….

  3. George / Aug 20 2011 8:41 am

    Listening to the song now. The line is “gravy train,” not “gravy boat.” Still a fun song.

    • John Sieger / Aug 20 2011 9:02 am

      You’re probably right, it was written as “gravy train” if I remember correctly and Greg might have slipped when he sang it. Must not have seemed important enough to fix at the time. I talked to Greg and his producer recently and they both agree that this song is a good example of a certain period in history hen”Pro Tools experiments were rampant. The editing capabilities had producers and engineers over-thinking things a little bit. You still hear a lot of it, but not as much.

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