Xtra Mile Recordings and Milwakee-based troubadour Trapper Schoepp present the singer-songwriter's second full-length album, Rangers & Valentines. Produced by pop polymath and Raconteurs member Brendan Benson at his Readymade Studios in Nashville, TN, Rangers & Valentines finds the teller of tales (both tall and true) handling vocals, guitar and harmonica.
On the recording, Schoepp is aided by an array of estimable musicians including his brother, songwriting partner and musical-foil-since-birth, Tanner Schoepp (providing bass and vocal harmonies), Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady), John Davis (Superdrag), the McCrary Sisters, and even comedian and WTF podcaster Marc Maron chips in on background vocals and lead guitar.
Schoepp defies the limitations of the standard-issue Americana platter by hopping genres – you'll hear lots of brass, backing singers and B-3 – as the songs build to delirious musical highs. His narratives, meanwhile, find subjects in the narrow margins of society, the strange twists (literal and metaphorical) in the weather, and the vagaries of a troubadour's transient life, with lyrics that flash a lacerating wit and humanist streak that's at the core of his craft.