As one of roots music's largely undiscovered gems, singer/songwriter Greg Trooper has released a trio of critically acclaimed albums while operating mostly under the mainstream radar.

As one of roots music's largely undiscovered gems, singer/songwriter Greg Trooper has released a trio of critically acclaimed albums while operating mostly under the mainstream radar. Too bad, because he is an artist of considerable insight and passion; his debut for Eminent showcases plenty of both. The reluctantly affectionate "Nothin' but You" shows Trooper's more Dylanesque tendencies, while the thumping "Staring Down the Night" is downright unnerving. A romantic at heart, Trooper makes "Real Like That" (with Julie Miller) a country love song that's too hip for the genre, and "Once and for All" is a declaration of Yankee love. Phil Medeira's production is adventurous; the downbeat "Doghouse" is interesting, if sonically weird, and "Trampoline" utilizes wah-wah pedals, melodica, and B3 organ to pleasing effect. If Trooper continues to release such solid material and radio finds a place for it, this well-kept secret will be a secret no more. Contact: 615-386-8373.—RW