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THE BUFFALO NEWS

Gusto!

By Jeff Miers, August 10, 2012

Source: Buffalo News

The Push Stars,a Boston, Mass. born alternative rock/folk trio, fronted by Buffalo's own Chris Trapperis renowned for late 90's releases such as After the Party and Tonight. The band - Trapper, drummer/vocalist Ryan MacMillan and bassist/ pianist/vocalist Dan McLoughlinhas been on hiatus for several years, as Trapper pursued (rather successfully) his solo career. Happily, the three musicians stayed friends, and they are now working together around one another's demanding and varied schedules.

The New York Times once referred to the sound of the Push Stars as classic pop perfection, and that's a rather accurate description of a music that moves lithely, boasts indelible melodies and introspective lyrics, and has a habit of staying with you long after a few listens. Trapper is one of our town's most revered traveling troubadours, and his solo work has established him as a songwriter du jour of the past decade. But the prospect of the Push Stars together again can't help but to excite the imagination.






TIMES HERALD RECORD

845 Scene

June 08, 2012

Source: Record Online

If you're heading to Skytop Friday night to see Chris Trapper, you can help dictate what he plays at the show. Visit his website (christrapper.com) to request up to three songs for his set list. The member of the Push Stars, who has played in and around the Hudson Valley quite a bit, comes back to Skytop, as Donovan Lyman opens. Trapper's newest album is "The Few and the Far Between," which features Rob Thomas and Colin Hay, among others.






THE POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL

Chris Trapper has a true, simple presence on stage

John W. Barry, May 31, 2012

Source: The Poughkeepsie Journal

The recent death of former Men At Work saxophone and keyboard player Greg Ham got me thinking a lot about high school and one of my favorite bands.

Hams signature saxophone line on the Men At Work song, Who Can It Be Now? continues to resonate in my head, decades after I woke up on Sunday mornings and listened to disc jockey Casey Kasem play the tune on Americas Top 40.

So Ham got me thinking about seeing former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay last year, at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Conn. If you havent checked this venue out, all I can say is, go for it. Its a great place for live music at the end of a reasonable drive, through beautiful country, from Poughkeepsie.

The opening act for Hays show that night was singer-songwriter Chris Trapper, who many in the Hudson Valley know from the band The Push Stars.

Trapper was playing solo that night at Infinity Hall, as he will June 8, when he sets up shop at the Skytop Steakhouse in Kingston. The Skytop has nice, high ceilings and a deck that offers a wonderful view of the Hudson Valley.

The atmosphere at the Skytop, which sort of evokes a remote ski lodge, will almost certainly complement what I found to be Trappers solid show. His melody hooks catch you off guard and his lyrics frame scenarios and situations that draw in the listener.

Trapper approached his opening slot for Hay with the enthusiasm of a high school sophomore playing in a Friday night battle of the bands. But his years of touring were evident as he worked hard, and successfully, at building a bond with the crowd.

Trapper, for those who may not be familiar with him, has had original songs featured in some pretty notable films, including Theres Something About Mary with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz, and The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.

Trapper also has written songs for the Canadian band, Great Big Sea, including its No. 1 single, Sea Of No Cares, which appeared on an album of the same name that sold more than a million copies.

But numbers dont really paint an accurate picture of Trapper. Hes more about a yearning in the voice, a presence on the stage, a true and simple, man at work.






MY FOX BOSTON

Chris Trapper on FOX25 Morning News

May 31, 2012

Source: FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston

His new CD features duets with the likes of Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, and Colin Hay from Men at Work.

The Few and the Far Between is the latest CD from talented, Boston-based singer songwriter Chris Trapper. He recently joined the FOX 25 Morning News.








THE EDMONTON JOURNAL

Chris Trapper a songwriter's songwriter

by Tom Murray May 23, 2012

Source: The Edmonton Journal

Through a couple of decades of touring and recording, songwriter Chris Trapper has found a far more realistic measure of success than the pumped up Next Big Things that swamp music writer's inboxes.

As frontman for the pop rock Push Stars in the '90s and later as a solo artist, he has built a sterling reputation as a songwriter's songwriter, always hovering just below visibility but picking up many influential industry supporters in the process. He's never cracked the Top 40, but his songs have shown up in TV shows like ER and Malcolm in the Middle, as well as the films There's Something About Mary, The Devil Wears Prada and Say It Isn't So. The Boston-based Trapper is currently touring with ex-Men at Work frontman Colin Hay, but for Thursday and Friday night's shows, he'll be going it alone with his guitar at The Blue Chair Cafe. The Journal spoke with him about songwriting, the economics of touring, and his friendship with Hay.






CIRCLE ONE MAGAZINE

Cool People Doing Cool Shit: Clearly Chris Trapper

April 30, 2012

Source: Circle One Magazine

From his career as front man for the Push Stars to his number 1 single Sea Of No Cares for the Canadian band GREAT BIG SEA to his number 1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for AUGUST RUSH, Chris Trapper has proven that he has the depth, the talent, and the drive to consistently move masses with his soulful, truthful, real-world songwriting.

And all this wrapped in a low-key, modest, hometown chap that anyone would cherish sharing a pint with.

I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoy Chris' music!






CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE

Weekend Top Pick: Chris Trapper at The Evening Muse

April 19, 2012

Source: Charlotte Magazine

I hope scientists figure out human cloning by the end of this week. There are three places I want to be on Friday night.

1. Chris Trapper. The Boston based folkie plays the intimate Evening Muse Friday at 8 p.m. Read my Q&A with the former rock front man (The Push Stars) who chose the kinder, gentler folk side of the business.






TUNES NEWS

CD Review: The Few and The Far Between

April 11, 2012

Source: Tunes News

Chris Trapper is among my favorite musicians. Not only is his music easy to listen to, it also includes lyrics that can invoke a range of reactions from laughter to tears. Best described on his website as, "an interesting blend of 1950's pop, 1990's rock and old-timey jazz," Chris Trapper's music is something that can be enjoyed among the generations.

I will confess that I have not been a fan from the beginning. Prior to his solo career, he was part of the band, The Push Stars. Fortunately, a friend of mine listened to The Push Stars, and when Trapper embarked on a solo tour, I was invited to the show. Watching Trapper perform live in a cozy venue, alternating between piano, guitar, and ukulele, his musical talents were obvious. At this point I was hooked.

I began collecting Trapper cds. With catchy lyrics that shared experiences many of us can relate to, it is easy to find yourself singing along. From stories of being an uncool kid in high school to working through break-ups, Trapper has a great way of combining humor and understanding. For example in his song Forget Me, he aptly states, "If you promise not to bring up what's his name, I'll promise not to show up drunk."

While not encouraging intoxication as a cure for a break-up, it is a line that many can appreciate. The first meeting with an ex-whatever who has moved on can be intimidating. Trapper has a great way of relaying how many feel.

He also does an ample job of expressing how deeply a person can miss another. In his song, Starlight, he sings about his love who is far away:

I'm halfway across the country
feeling like I need to cry
Jealous of your pillow,
and the starlight by your side


If that doesn't describe the loneliness and longing one feels when separated from your partner, I'm not sure what does.

Chris Trapper's music is perfect Sunday afternoon music. You know, the sort of music that you listen to while you're lounging on the porch swing or the couch and just enjoying the laziness of the day. It is bound to make you laugh and may make you feel nostalgic at times.

It also works great as Friday night music that is the background soundtrack to an evening at home with friends. Entertaining enough to listen to and not loud enough to interfere with conversation, it would work well for that situation.

Of course, Chris Trapper is one of my favorites, so maybe I'd find reason to listen to his music in any situation. Give a listen, and see if you feel the same way.






CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE

You've Heard Chris Trapper ... Even If You Don't Realize It

By Page Leggett, April 05, 2012

Source: Charlotte Magazine

My conversation with the Boston singer/songwriter. You may not realize it, but you've heard Chris Trapper. His songs and voice have been on everything from hit movies -- including a Farrelly Brothers classic -- to daytime TV. Don't miss the chance to see him live at The Evening Muse.

Your songs are everywhere -- in hit movies and TV shows like There's Something About Mary, The Devil Wears Prada, All My Children, ER and August Rush -- yet there may be people who don't realize you're the one singing them. Do people know you're Chris Trapper of August Rush fame?

Chris Trapper: It's a funny thing. I can pretty much guarantee that everyone in this country, and nearly across the world, has heard my voice, or heard a song of mine, yet because of my career trajectory, I remain relatively unknown. Actually, the truth is, many talented people are in the same boat, so I don't sweat it at all. I feel grateful to make a living doing something I really love.






POPDOSE

CD REVIEW: THE FEW & THE FAR BETWEEN

By Dan Walsh, February 09, 2012

Source: Popdose

The Push Stars are the perfect example of a band that could/would/should have been huge. Their debut album, After the Party, was full of radio friendly pop-rock hits. They easily could have been just as successful as Matchbox Twenty, or at worst, have better name recognition than Eve 6. But as we all know, the music industry is cruel and heartless and the best bands are not always the biggest.

Fast forward 15 years and we find Push Stars lead singer Chris Trapper releasing his sixth solo record. However, The Few & the Far Between is almost a Push Stars reunion record. Almost. It was produced, recorded and mixed by Dan McLoughlin (Push Stars bassist) and features Ryan MacMillan (Current Matchbox Twenty and former Push Stars drummer) on drums.

The Few & the Far Between is Chris Trapper's most consistent album to date and he brings in a couple heavy hitters to help out. Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty sings backup vocals on the opening track and Colin Hay sings and plays slide guitar on the boisterous The More I Think, which finds Trapper lamenting the sad state of our country, Everybody is here, still there is no one around, this is the way the world is now.

His humble sense of humility is what makes Trapper's songs so strong. It's never more apparent the on the drum-less title track Few and Far Between, which is about a night on the town from the non-douchebag perspective. Whether his character is saying to a girl at the bar I walk up to her and say the nights' still young, breakfast is on me and your friends can all come or I drop you home, you ask me up to your room, then we make love but it's over too soon, my concession prize is I get to hold you, I found myself either relating to that guy or wishing I used that line back when I single. He's the anti-LMFAO; they're talking about being sexy and knowing it, and Mr. Trapper is talking about being a two-minute hero.

Musically, the album is the Chris Trapper acoustic/pop vein from his earlier works. Chris Trapper's strong suit has always been his ability to write songs that the listener connects and relates to on a certain level. He makes you feel like you are the person he's singing about. The Few & the Far Between is another strong addition to the Chris Trapper/Push Stars catalog.






NEW ENGLAND MUSIC AWARDS

Chris Trapper Nominated for Two Awards

January 2012

Source: New England Music Awards Official Website

Nominated for Songwriter of the Year

Nominated for Male Performer of the Year

Voting for the New England Music Awards is now open! You may vote for as many or as few awards as you'd like. Voting closes at 11:59 PM on February 29.






OKLAHOMA GAZETTE

Trapper Keeper: The Push Stars leader, Chris Trapper, has been pushing his brand of pop for more than a decade, and audiences eat it up.

by Joshua Boydston

Oklahoma Gazette

Chris Trapper is an old pro although he tends to forget that.

I've been doing this for a long time, 14 years, and have always had jobs and opportunities, but I don't think about it like that, Trapper said. I still think I'm trying to make it.

The scrappy singer-songwriter has been rewarded for all his humble hard work with tours supporting the likes of Matchbox Twenty in his alt-rock band, The Push Stars. His songs, both with the band and solo, have appeared in films like There's Something About Mary, The Devil Wears Prada and August Rush which featured This Time.

Thousands of people have covered that song, Trapper said. There's one from this heavyset bald guy who sings it without a shirt on. I never thought that someday, someone would be singing it shirtless on YouTube. With The Push Stars on indefinite hiatus, Trapper has cherished the move to the more quaint routine of solo performer, watching his life go from a massive projection to an open book.

There's this bizarre, outside pressure that everything has to be big.

When you do solo work, it can be very isolated, but there's a beauty in it, he said. I don't think anyone has seen my solo show and left not knowing who I am and where I am from. I've seen people laugh at my gigs. I've seen people cry at my gigs. You don't get that sort of intimacy at a big rock show.






NORMAN TRANSCRIPT

Chris Trapper Plays Winter Wind Music Series

by Doug Hill

Source: Norman Transcript

NORMAN - Even if you're not familiar with Chris Trapper you've probably heard his songs before. He writes and performs the kind of thoughtful romantic compositions that catch the ears of Hollywood movie and New York television producers.

Though Trapper is known for his tunes in productions such as There's Something About Mary, The Devil Wears Prada and All My Children,he said he prefers the personal touch a solo performance brings.

My shows now are more of a shared human experience versus seeing a rock concert and leaving it unchanged, he said. People at my shows now laugh a lot, cry occasionally and that becomes a beautiful thing for me.

That's exactly what made Trapper the perfect compliment to Norman's Winter Wind Concert Series.






BLURT MAGAZINE

Revenge Of The Writers - Best and Worst of 2011

by John B. Moore

Source: Source

Blurt Magazine names the new Chris Trapper CD 'The Few & The Far Between' as one of the Best of 2011.






FOX25 NEWS MORNING SHOW. BOSTON

Chris Trapper Performing Live on TV

Source: MYFOX BOSTON

One of our favorites ... Chris Trapper, was back with a special performance for FOX 25 Morning News! Chris stopped by to tell us about his show tonight and his new album, available now, called "Few and Far Between."






EXAMINER. CHICAGO

Live Music Review: Colin Hay at Park West

Frank Krolicki, Chicago Rock Music Examiner

Source: The Examiner

Following a tight, energetic opening set from Boston's Chris Trapper, whose world-weary-yet-endearing songs, humor and likable, laid-back demeanor proved a perfect match for the headliner.






BUFFALO NEWS

Harbor music closes on Celtic note

By Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers, August 28, 2011

Source: The Buffalo News

Great Big Sea With Martin Sexton. Part of Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor. (Saturday evening in the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf). The final night of live music on the Harbor for the summer of 2011. And a fine night it was.

A standout was certainly Everything Shines, a pop-friendly tune that found Buffalo native and Push Stars founder Chris Trapper chiming in with all his heart. In fact, Trapper had already been on the stage, joining his fellow Boston based singer songwriter Sexton to sing harmony during Glory Bound.








WESTSIDE TODAY

Hollowbody LA Presents Acoustic Music at The MINT

By Taylor Van Arsdale, June 09, 2011

Source: Westside Today

In between you'll find the incomparable Chris Trapper. You may recognize Trapper's music from popular films including "There's Something About Mary" and "August Rush." There are few singer/songwriters that are better at captivating an audience with well written music and charming stories than Trapper. So check him out if you get a chance because his hectic touring schedule makes this date his only area performance this year.






FIGHTING FISH

Director: Annette Apitz - 84min. Narrative Feature

Official Opening Night Selection

Source: Domani Vision Film Society

There are three Chris Trapper songs featured in indie film Fighting Fish: "Avalanche", "Weightless" and "Time To Forgive" and the New York premiere of the film is officially set for Wednesday, June 22nd, at 8:00 pm, at Tribeca Cinemas in lower Manhattan. You can get tickets to the premiere by clicking the link.

View The Trailer for Fighting Fish






SYRACUSE POST STANDARD

Chris Trapper to bring his storytelling touch to Jazz Central in Syracuse

By Mark Bialczak on May 18, 2011

Source: Live Music

Here's the chance to see a top singer-songwriter in your living room. Well, not exactly.

But Chris Trapper is bringing his roots-pop storytelling touch to Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St., Syracuse, at 8 p.m. May 26. And if you're living room can fit about 70 folks comfortably ... well, it still likely doesn't have the graduated level theater seating like Jazz Central. In any case, Trapper, the man who used to rock out of Boston with The Push Stars, has had his share of successes, including getting his song "This Time" on the popular, Grammy-nominated soundtrack for the film "August Rush."

His acoustic live shows usually include a segment with a ukulele. And if you don't think that bouncy sound of Hawaii is in these days, ask Eddie Vedder. The Pearl Jam front man's new album features the instrument.






ROCHESTER CITY PAPER

Choice Concerts, ALT-ROCK/FOLK: Chris Trapper (5/21)

By Andy Klingenberger on May 18, 2011

Source: Choice Concerts

A consummate songwriter and former lead singer of The Push Stars, Chris Trapper brings his extensive catalog of disarming acoustic pop to Rochester this week for two shows. Having toured with Colin Hay of Men at Work earlier this year, as well as Great Big Sea and Martin Sexton, the Buffalo native has made Rochester a biannual stop on his seemingly never ending string of shows, reeling in audiences with his affable stage presence and heartfelt songs. Chris Trapper performs Saturday, May 21, at Abilene.






CHRIS TRAPPER at BARLEY STREET

with Brad Hoshaw

 

Source: May 03, 2011 Critics Pick

Chris Trapper = The type of songwriter you want to hear when you're shit-out-of luck and wind up at a place like the Barley Street hoping that someone will be playing that can make you smile like John Denver while at the same time make you weep into your whiskey like a young Tom Waits.






THE LANDING AT PINE POINT

Chris Trapper On Tour with Colin Hay

Gil Donatelli, Talent Buyer

Source: April 26th, 2011 Show Review

Just want to say how much I truly enjoy your music - voice, guitar playing and writing. I agree with your PR quote - that the songs are instantly listen-able, that's not to say they are trite or cloying or superficial. I think you are that rare talent who is just supremely natural - which is anything but common or easy. Plenty of people are like that in life - but so few can achieve that air if naturalness in art, check out Rainer Maria Rilke's "Letters to A Young Poet" - letter #1 - I think you embody this aesthetic.

I'm usually underwhelmed and unimpressed - but you are a find!

Thanks for the cds - and rock on - you are going places - Desiree was right - "very special", keep it where you got it! See you again I hope for your own show.






BERKELEY PLACE BLOG

Colin Hay Rocks The Birchmere

Posted on April 9th, 2011 by ekko

Source: Berkely Place Blog, Show Review

Went to see Colin Men At Work Hay at The Birchmere last night, he's supporting his new (and great) Gathering Mercury album. Let me start by saying that the opener, Chris Trapper, was way better than an opener has any right to be. (I plan on doing a feature on him soon.) He was so good, in fact, that I started asking myself why Colin would allow someone this good to preceed him. I started thinking maybe Mr. Hay wouldn't measure up.

Of course, I was wrong. Colin Hay has a tremendous presence and a voice that booms through the room, like Van Morrison or Eddie Vedder, he can convey all kinds of moods and completely capture a crowd. I've always enjoyed his studio work, but I've never been fortunate enough to catch him live, and what I never noticed before last night is how good his guitar work is. Hay is extremely skillful, making complex, emotional music seem simple and easy. It's deceptive on his studio albums, but live you can really see the music that's behind all of his catchy, sentimental songs. And I mean sentimental in a good way. Hay is comfortable expressing the love he has for his father, but never gets schmaltzy, never gets twee.

Great show, if you can get there tonight, don't miss out.






FLAGPOLE MAGAZINE

Guide to Athens, GA

March 10, 2011

Source: Calendar Spotlight

Colin Hay and Chris Trapper at The Melting Point: Folk-pop singer/songwriter formerly of The Push Stars who has been featured on numerous film soundtracks and TV drama episodes. He has an narrative, emotional style and accompanies himself with light guitar/piano/percussion fare.






GUSTO, THE BUFFALO NEWS

A little Q&A with Chris Trapper

By Jeff Miers, January 14, 2011

Source: Gusto, The Buffalo News

Chris Trapper grew up here, attended Amherst High School and went to Fredonia State College, where he formed the band Awake and Dreaming. This group, a powerful ensemble that married Trapper's folk-based songs to elegant altrock arrangements and post-punk guitar figures, moved to Boston, Mass., at the end of the '80s. Trapper went on to form the Push Stars, a killer folk-pop-rock trio high on many a "These guys shoulda made it way bigger!" list.

The Push Stars eventually crumbled beneath record company pressures, constant touring and the inability of management to fully understand what Trapper and company were trying to do. Trapper continued on, however, building a loyal following based on a string of intelligent and endearing solo albums, and high-profile song placements in major films and television series.

Trapper returns home for a show at 8 tonight inside the Ninth Ward, Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.) with Kristen Cifelli. Tickets are $17.

These days, a songwriter/ performer has to be an independent businessperson, too. Do you enjoy this part of the gig, or is it just a necessary evil?

Yes to both, it's a necessary evil that I've learned to enjoy. [laughs] I look at Ani DiFranco as an inspirational business model. She laid the blueprint out for so many of us. These days, I own my own records, and I can tour when I want to. I'm getting a nice balance, touring, writing, releasing records on my own terms. I no longer have to feed the beast, so to speak. I don't regret any major label involvement I've had over the years. It has all led to great things, and it has all been part of a necessary growing process. But I'm much happier now. If I'm a businessman, that's OK, because the product I'm selling, so to speak, is something that I love and totally believe in.

The Push Stars ended up on a few bills with jam bands, just as that scene was enjoying the beginning of its renaissance. Was this a good fit?

It really wasn't, unfortunately. We were working with a manager who is the guy that signed Phish. He believed that we were at heart a jam band, but for me, it has always been about the songs. I spend so much time working out where I'll place a lyric, even if it's just an 'and' or an 'if', you know? and then to be playing big places where no one is even listening to the lyrics ... Well, that just didn't feel right. Again, I don't have any animosity about that period. It was another part of the learning process.

You're a parent now. If one of your kids wanted to dive headlong into the music business, would you be supportive?

That's a good question. I'm the youngest of six kids. My dad played organ, and my mother was a performer, too. They totally supported me in my music, at the beginning, and still today. When I had taken some time off from performing, and everything was looking a little bit grim, my father told me, "Don't give up on yourself, you're too good at this to throw in the towel." That meant the world to me. So, as tough as this business is, I would have to support my own kids if they choose the music path.

After all of the different aspects of the musician's life you've been through by now, what keeps you going?

I still go to bed at night thinking of the next gig, the next song, the next recording session, and I'm still as excited about all of these things as I've ever been. I play music because I love it, plain and simple. I never expected to make a living from this, you know? So it just can't help but feel like a blessing to be making my way in the world doing something that I love so, so much.








WE SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC (BLOG)

Here to There and Back Again: Interview with Chris Trapper

By Kim Jennings, October 24, 2010

Source: We Support Local Music

A few weeks ago, I had the great luck of playing at Blue in Portland, Maine on the same night as Boston-based Chris Trapper (of The Push Stars). Chris Trapper's career went from solo, to band with major record deal, back to solo again. He's won awards, had song placements in television and film, and had some big names cover his songs. Having been a Push Stars fan in the '90s, I stuck around to catch Chris's solo acoustic set, and was immediately drawn into the stories of his songs, and his mesmerizing, yet accessible, performance style.

Chatting after the gig, I asked Chris if he'd take a few minutes at some point to be interviewed for our blog. Graciously, Chris agreed. Now, I'm no hard-hitting journalist, just a singer/songwriter with lots of questions about how others make it work.

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ERIE TIMES NEWS

Chris Trapper Keeps It Interesting

By Dave Richards, October 22, 2010

Source: Erie Times News

It's not exactly a homecoming. But when push comes to shove for former Push Stars' frontman Chris Trapper, it's close enough. Trapper grew up in Buffalo and attended the State University of New York at Fredonia. He long ago left Bills' and blizzard country for Boston, where he began the alternative-pop band the Push Stars. They built a devoted following among fans and critics, thanks to his sturdy songcraft and painterly, impressionist lyrics. Trapper returns near his ol' romping grounds on Monday at 8 p.m. at Noble Winery in Westfield, N.Y.

"I went to Fredonia State, so, yeah, it's kind of a homecoming whenever I play near home," he said. "I always kind of wait with anxious anticipation to see who will show up out of the woodwork from my past -- people I never expected to see again. That seems to be a general theme."

If Trapper has a musical theme, it's carry on and forge ahead. He admires Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and early inspiration John Prine, who remain sharp as ever. Like Simon, Trapper escapes his comfort zone occasionally. After Push Stars ended a four-album run that included a tour with Matchbox Twenty (Rob Thomas is a major Trapper fan), he recorded with a Dixieland jazz band. Trapper has also collaborated with Canada's Great Big Sea, singer-songwriter Martin Sexton and Latin-jazz band Sonando. For his latest project, the digital-only EP "Into the Bright Lights," he took another left turn. He dipped his toes into electronic waters. "This is the first time I stepped outside of the roots' world and did a kind of programmed music," he said. "But the producer was familiar with my work and knew what parameters we could work with. It doesn't sound outside the box. It just has a different texture."

Trapper said his musical exploration isn't calculated. "I kind of go where my creative flow is taking me. I think it works. Ultimately I'm hoping to keep it interesting for people over the long haul. I have people at shows saying they've been seeing me since 1998, which is cool." Some are older, thanks to "Gone Again," the 2005 CD with Wolverine Jazz Band. "I love that," Trapper said. "Music is a shared experience. One of the worst things I remember happening when the Push Stars were touring was opening for Unwritten Law. Their entire following is all 16-year-old boys. My thought was, 'If this is my only following, I'd go jump off a bridge right now.'"

You should jump at the chance to see Trapper this close. He's an engaging, entertaining performer. "I do a lot of storytelling," he said. "It's almost a mix of comedy and heartfelt music."








COLUMBUS COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS

FISCHER'S FAB 10

By Jim Fischer, October 20, 2010

Source: Columbus Newspapers

Take three: A Critic Crony lauded Chris Trapper (The Push Stars) for his ability to "take both serious singer-songwriter-y thoughts and sublimely silly lyrics and make really memorable songs." "Good on record, but a hundred times better live," we were told, Trapper is "the antithesis of a rock star, but someone who ought to be better known." Here's your chance, Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Rumba Caf with opener Matt Crompton.








EDMONTON JOURNAL

TRAPPER SELL0UT A SIGN HE'S NO ZERO

By Sandra Sperounes, September 17, 2010

Source: Edmonton Journal

In less than a few months, Boston singer-songwriter Chris Trapper has gone from zero to hero -- outshining better-known acts at the Folk Fest adn selling out his own shows in Edmonton.... click the link to read the rest!








THE DAILY EVERGREEN

ALT ROCKER TO PLAY THE NUART

By Jordan Magrath, September 17, 2010

Source: The Daily Evergreen

Chris Trapper, a true dual-threat in the music industry, is coming to Moscow this weekend. He is a dual-threat, in a sense, because he has the ability to not only perform but to write music.

Today's music industry relies heavily on catchy lyrics and beats. What gets lost is the ability to create those notes and chords from within your mind. This is not a time to bash the artists who cannot write their own music. Instead, take time to celebrate the ones who can write.








EDMONTON JOURNAL

TWICE THE TRAPPER

By Sandra Sperounes, September 10, 2010

Source: Edmonton Journal

Bad news: Singer-songwriter Chris Trapper's show on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Blue Chair is sold out.

Good news: The Boston musician will now play a second show ... on Sunday, Sept. 19 at Haven Social Club. Tickets are $12 at the venue. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Fun fact: Trapper, who gained thousands of new fans at this year's Folk Fest, is one of Great Big Sea's former cowriters.








ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH

CHRIS TRAPPER BRINGING OLD-TIME JAZZ FEEL TO THE RED HOUSE

September 08, 2010

Source: Oneida Daily Dispatch

SYRACUSE. Longtime Red House favorite Chris Trapper of the Push Stars returns once again to debut the Red House Regulars series.

Trapper's concerts are heavily anticipated by his fervent local following and this appearance is sure to be no different as Trapper's interesting blend of 1950's pop, 1990's rock and old-timey jazz, presented with his distinctive baritenor, is sure to pack the House.

The Boston-based Trapper is a favorite among fans of the indie alt-acoustic music scene for his ability to write songs that speak to the heart; intricate power-pop with a compelling knack for telling everyday stories. Trapper writes songs that at first listen are greeted as old, familiar friends. His musical stories are accessible but never trivial, smart but never snobbish, honest but never pandering.








EDMONTON JOURNAL

FF FAVE RETURNS

By Sandra Sperounes August 12, 2010

Source: Edmonton Journal

What started off as a disappointing gig for Chris Trapper turned into a wonderful opportunity. Last fall, the Boston singer-songwriter performed to a handful of people at Blue Chair Cafe. It's not the size of your audience, but it's who's in it.

As it turned out, Folk Fest producer Terry Wickham was in the crowd. He liked Trapper's set so much, he booked the folk-pop musician for this year's Folk Fest where he was one of the surprise hits of the festival. (He sold out of CDs, according to one new convert.)

Trapper is now about to return to the site of his fateful Blue Chair gig on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Tickets are $12. Hopefully, he'll come stocked with more merch. He's released at least seven discs, including Into The Bright Lights, a seven-song EP, which is available for a pay-what-you-want download at christrapper.bandcamp.com. (He also released five efforts with his former band, The Push Stars.) Fans can request songs for his upcoming gig via christrapper.com. He only has one request: (no David Hasselhoff or Justin Bieber please:), he tweets. What, no Hoff? Darn.

Trapper will also perform Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Ironwood Stage and Grill in Calgary, and Friday, Sept. 17 at CBC Stage 700 in Vancouver.










EDMONTON SUN

EDMONTON FOLK FESTIVAL - PHOTO ESSAY

August 09, 2010

Source: Edmonton Sun

Chris Trapper performs at stage three for The Meaning of Life during the Edmonton Folk Music Festival on Sunday August 8, 2010 in Edmonton. (Photo by: Jason Franson / EDMONTON SUN)










EDMONTON SUN

Folk festival workshop probes the meaning of it all

By Justin Bell, August 09, 2010

Source: Edmonton Sun

When the title of your session is "The Meaning of Life," great expectations are sure to follow. If you were to take it from the four on stage, the meaning of life would have something to do with comedy. Terry Morrison joked along a bit with Hay, but Chris Trapper loved to ham it up as well. He even suggested forming his own cult, in part thanks to a review in a Chicago newspaper earlier this year. The end of the festival can be a hard time. The end of the side-stage performances on Sunday signaled the coming finale. While the name was slightly confusing, The Meaning of Life was a good way to say goodbye to another year of folk.










EDMONTON JOURNAL

From Gloria to glorious, festival No. 31 ends its run

By Todd Babiak, August 09, 2010

Source: Edmonton Journal

excerpt: "As usual, there were musical surprises. Not-yet-famous acts like Dan Wilson, Chris Trapper and Brandi Carlile gained thousands of new fans. A powerful Latin American component arrived on the hill, with Aterciopelados from Colombia, Aurelio Martinez from Honduras and the border-town rhythms of Calexico"








EDMONTON JOURNAL

Folk Fest aficionados share their greatest festival moments

August 09, 2010

Source: Edmonton Journal

excerpt: "So there, up on Stage 3 Sunday, Hennessy asked a crowd of about 700 fans to sing the chorus with her. I hear the whole audience, she said. And I hear Colin Hay beside me, who I revere, and Chris Trapper, and I think Murray McLauchlan all chiming in to the chorus. It sounded so beautiful, we just kept repeating it."








WESTWOOD PATCH

Feature Article by Music Writer John Light

August 02, 2010

Source: Westwood Patch

Trapper speaks with Westwood Patch about the Boston music scene, his solo career, and working with film and television producers.








KATE BRADLEY FOR BLURT

CD REVIEW: INTO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS

August 01, 2010

Source: BLURT Online

We asked KATE BRADLEY -- an alumna of XM Satellite Radio (the Loft) and a present-day Blurt Blogger, to give us her thoughts on Chris Trapper INTO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS [EP]. She gave us one word: GORGEOUS.








WBER RADIO

CD REVIEW: INTO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS

Joey Guisto, WBER Radio, Program Director.

Source: WBER Radio

Ever wonder what might happen if Chris Trapper was transported back to the mid-1980's to release an album? "Into The Bright Lights" is the music that he might have created in that situation, blending an 80's feel with the Chris Trapper that you've known and loved for years.








THISisMODERN

CD REVIEW: INTO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS

Written by TonyG, July 26, 2010

Source: THISisMODERN

Chris Trapper has always defined his music through his songwriting and storytelling, and this latest digital release is no exception. It is incredibly reminiscent of his debut solo album as well as the music he made in the early days with The Push Stars. "Family Tree" is signature Chris Trapper, as his lyrics are the star and his vocal delivery is as unique as his music. "The Game Is Done" and the title track are also excellent tracks. Trapper will always be one of those musicians that you can count on for great music, and this new EP is no exception.

Check out the EP for yourself by clicking on the cover art and downloading the album by naming your own price.








INTO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS EP

BRAND NEW MUSIC FROM CHRIS TRAPPER

Released July 10, 2010

Into The Brigt Lights EP BUY NOW AND PAY WHAT YOU CAN!

I decided to release this in the "pay what you can" model, as an offering for those fans who may be under the economic tide, and for those of you who are swimming, all proceeds for this recording will pool into my next recording budget, tour support, and my ongoing struggle with doughnut addiction.

Many thanks for your continued support, Chris Trapper

Digital Download Only. Pay What You Can.








WATERLOO RECORD, ONTARIO CANADA

HILLSIDE SUMMER FEST, WRAP UP

By Robert Reid on July 26, 2010

Source: Waterloo Record

GUELPH. A powerful force of nature swept through the Hillside Festival on Saturday. No, I'm not referring to persistent showers throughout much of the day that turned the island into a soggy sponge before the sun appeared just in time to be seen sinking into Guelph Lake.....

"Good music leavened with a humour was provided by Buffalo-bred singer/songwriter Chris Trapper"








THISisMODERN

CD REVIEW: INTO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS

BY TonyG, July 26, 2010

Source: THISisMODERN

Chris Trapper has always defined his music through his songwriting and storytelling, and this latest digital release is no exception. It is incredibly reminiscent of his debut solo album as well as the music he made in the early days with The Push Stars. "Family Tree" is signature Chris Trapper, as his lyrics are the star and his vocal delivery is as unique as his music. "The Game Is Done" and the title track are also excellent tracks. Trapper will always be one of those musicians that you can count on for great music, and this new EP is no exception.

Check out the EP for yourself by clicking on the cover art and downloading the album by naming your own price.








RESCUE ME ON FX NETWORKS

FEATURED VOCALIST - CHRIS TRAPPER

Air Date July 20 and August 03 2010

CHRIS TRAPPER AS FEATURED VOCALIST ON FX NETWORKS EMMY NOMINATED SHOW RESCUE ME

I tend to forget sometimes that I am a singer, because I'm so caught up in songwriting, so when Crit and Brad asked me to sing some tunes for them I thought...really? me? I'm no Frank Sinatra...but heck, why not. Crit has actually recorded a bunch of stuff for me, including the original recording of my "Birthday Song" so I owed him a favor or two as well. Chris Trapper

Be Sure To Tune In:

On Episode 604 Chris Trapper can be heard singing a song called "Frozen Snow"
music by Brad Hatfield, lyrics by Crit Harmon.

On Episode 606 Chris is singing a song called "I Will Take You Home"
music by Brad Hatfield, lyrics by Crit Harmon.

Episode 604 Breakout, Original Air Date: July 20, 2010
Episode 606 Sanctuary, Original Air Date: August 3, 2010








ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

Even life isn't as lifelike as Chris Trapper

By Jeff Spevak. Staff music critic. April 29, 2010

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The phrase "Careful what you wish for" wasn't intended for Bill Gates, overlord of the Internet. It's for guys like Chris Trapper, independent musicians working without a net, married to a self-employed graphic artist, with a mortgage, paying health care out of their own pockets, plus $550 a week in daycare for the two kids. Yet when the producers of one of those teen-driven WB shows, Pepper Dennis, approached him a few years ago about doing a theme song for the show, Trapper had reservations.

"As I was writing it, I was very aware of the fact that, say this show becomes a hit like the Friends theme, I'll have to sing this song every night of my musical life," he says. "So it can't be embarrassing, even if they're asking for total bubblegum pop."

On the other side of the coin, literally, there's Danny Wilde, one half of the duo known as The Rembrandts. Wilde wrote the Friends theme. And now, "He never has to work again," Trapper says.

The temptation of lifelong security won. Pepper Dennis "was about a girl searching for love, (who) can't find it," Trapper says. "I based the song in bars, which is where I play, and what I know."

The rest is history, if you're a 15-year-old girl. The Pepper Dennis producers picked Trapper's song, "Better Half," as the show's theme, over the compositions of two other writers. "For 18 months I wasn't worried," Trapper says. "I was planning on my retirement at that point."

But Pepper Dennis dried up after 13 episodes. So rather than living on the Wilde side, Trapper is still touring the world's clubs, with shows Friday and Saturday at Abilene Bar & Lounge.

The truth is, even if Pepper Dennis had escalated to Friends stratosphere, Trapper would probably still be touring the world's clubs. Writing and singing songs is what he did with the modestly successful pop band The Push Stars. More important, it is what he did to become the man he is today.

"I stuttered as a teenager," Trapper says. "It can be pretty debilitating. In the sixth grade, I fainted onstage during a play audition. I couldn't spit the words out. I had to leave class whenever I had to give an oral report. I would stay home sick. People think you're crazy when you talk.

"Stuttering was one of the integral reasons I started writing songs. There was no way to reach out to people, so it became my voice. I couldn't talk to women, so I'd call them and say, 'Hey, let's meet in the park. I'll bring my guitar and play a few songs I wrote.' When I did that, my odds of hooking up would go up."

The truth is, Trapper still stutters. By phone from his home in Massachusetts, Trapper's stutter sounds like the poor reception you might get on a cell phone when the satellites aren't correctly aligned. A few missing words here, moments of silence there.

"I think you learn to deal with it," he says, describing what he tells a stuttering support group for young teens that he sometimes speaks to in Boston. "I started caring less and less about what people thought.

"I had to give a speech a few years back I'd written a song for the band Great Big Sea, and it was getting an award, so I went and accepted it for them. I walked onstage in front of 1,000 people and told myself, 'On this night, I'm not going to be the guy I used to be.' And I didn't stutter at all during my speech. I couldn't believe I did it.

"I just did a two-hour show in Boston, and I talked for a good half the show onstage, storytelling. Had you ever told me I'd be able to do that a few years ago, I'd say no way. Onstage now, I see it as an alternate universe. I actually love talking, telling the stories behind songs. It's more fun than singing the songs. It's cathartic, just being able to talk."

The songs are cathartic as well. "Romantic, self therapy," he says. "It's like keeping a diary for me. I'm always aware of the fact that the point of this is sharing."

How much of his songs are Trapper?

"One hundred percent. I've had parents, family, that I've had to explain things to: I meant this, and not that. I don't regret it. I regret I didn't have such a code I have to live by." If he could lie just a little, "life would be easier."

Even life can't lay claim to being 100 percent lifelike, as when Trapper was invited to make a cameo appearance on Pepper Dennis.

"I remember driving onto the lot, which was really cool, and going into an empty room," he says. "Suddenly they start to bring tables in, a stage, booths, a bartender walks in, all the extras walk in. It looked like every gig I did in every city. Then Rebecca Romijn walks in and I think, 'OK, this a little different than my gigs.'"

Rebecca Romijn! Sports Illustrated swimsuit model! Star of Pepper Dennis! "I'd been lusting for her with her picture for years," Trapper says. "She's the first person I ever felt guilty about talking to right off the bat."

Trapper played himself, "a barroom singer in the corner of the bar." Romijn and three other cast members sat at a table, playing that TV hybrid of fantasy and lie.

"Four completely hot women," Trapper says, "talking about how bad their love lives are. A little surreal, I guess."

Chris Trapper plays Fri-Sat, April 30-May 1 at 8:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $20. 232-3230








ROCHESTER CITY PAPER

CHOICE CONCERTS

By Ryan Whirty on April 28, 2010

Source: Rochester City Paper

There's two reasons why Chris Trapper appeals to me. One, he's worked extensively with one of my all-time favorite bands, Celtic-rock outfit Great Big Sea. But two, Trapper is a fellow stutterer who wrote his first song as a teenager to express his angst over being picked on in school. Since then, Trapper has fronted the indie alt-rockers The Push Stars and, while on hiatus from that band, has carved out a niche as a solo artist who produces intricate power-pop songs that are smart, honest, jaded, and funny. His ability to tell stories of everyday people and their struggles will be on display when he plays two shows at Abilene this weekend.

Chris Trapper plays Fri-Sat, April 30-May 1 at 8:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $20. 232-3230








CHRIS TRAPPER MUSIC IN HALLMARK CHANNEL MOVIE

In My Sight in ELEVATOR GIRL

Next showing: Saturday, May 15, 2010

Elevator Girl, A Hallmark Channel Original Movie.

The Chris Trapper song In My Sight can be heard (about 65 seconds of it!) in the Hallmark Channel Movie Elevator Girl. Listen for Chris' music, about 2/3 of the way in, during the Jake's Burgers romantic music montage.

In My Sight can be heard on the current CHRIS TRAPPER CD: Til The Last Leaf Falls








CHRIS TRAPPER CONTRIBUTES THREE ORIGINAL SONGS TO INDIE FILM FIGHTING FISH

"Avalanche", "Weightless" and "Time To Forgive"

Film Premiers April 20, 2010

Boston singer/songwriter Chris Trapper contributes three original songs, "Avalanche", "Weightless" and "Time To Forgive" to indie film Fighting Fish. Chris enjoys a long-standing creative rapport with the film's Producer, Bertha Bay-Sa Pan and is pleased to be a cornerstone artist for the film and corresponding soundtrack.

Fighting Fish is the first feature coming from producer Bertha Bay-Sa Pan's recently launched Slew Pictures (Face, Almost Perfect). Fighting Fish is Annette Apitz's feature-film directorial debut. The film was shot with a Red camera in upstate New York.

Pan says: "We are dedicated to telling stories with heart and intelligence that cross international borders"

The talented cast includes Val Emmich (Ugly Betty, 30 Rock), Anna Moore ("The Life Before her Eyes"), Halley Feiffer ("The Messenger," "Gentlemen Broncos") and Haviland Morris ("Adam"). Three of Val Emmich's songs are on the film's soundtrack. Other soundtrack artists who supported this project include Elf Power, Imperial Teen, Chris Trapper, This Car Up, and Mark McAdam.

Fighting Fish world premiere is confirmed for April 20, 2010 at the NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL as part of the First-Time Filmmaker Competition category. There will be two screenings: April 20th at 9:15 pm and April 2st1 at 5:15 pm, at Regal Green Hills Cinemas.

Bertha Bay-Sa Pan directed the music video for Chris Trapper's pop tune "Wish I Was Cool".







Chris Trapper's Performance Friday Night

by music writer Sahara Faughn

Phoenix Examiner March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12th at 8 PM Chris Trapper came into Prescott on tour, performing at Livy Lou's until 11 PM. The clothing store was converted to an intimate setting for the preparation of Trapper's musical performance.

Also, along with Chris Trapper, the audience was treated to two other singer's. One being an old friend of Chris' from New York, Adam. The other being a local girl, Shelby.

Starting at 7:40 with a performance from Shelby Trischler. With a beautiful voice, accompanied by an acoustic guitar, it was a great opening for the show. After her performance there was a short break, before the next performer took the stage. Taking the stage next at 8:35 was Adam, growing up with Chris in New York. Performing a single song as an opener for Trapper's performance.

Finally, Chris took the stage at 8:45 in the evening, beginning his performance by asking how the audience was doing. Trapper has an interesting way of performing, not only does he sing, but he also tells stories from his experiences, making a connection with the audience that most musicians lack. Just one of the reason's for the extraordinary performances he provides, that connection allows a personal touch, something that will stick with the people present at his shows.







PHOENIX EXAMINER

Q&A with Signer/Songwriter Chris Trapper, by Sahara Faughn
February 19, 2010

Phoenix Examiner



After hearing Chris Trapper was coming to town for a performance, I decided to contact him for a quick Q&A to help promote the performance and get to know him a little before his show.

Q: First of all, I think its important to ask how your doing ... Often times I think people forget singer/songwriters are people to, they have feelings, good days, bad days. So, how are you? Chris: I’m very well, thank you. Just getting ready to play tonight in Syracuse, N.Y. where the winter weather today is semi–frightful. Aside from getting 4 hours of sleep last night (which has become the norm for me) I am feeling good.

Q: Have you ever been to the Prescott area before? Chris: I’ve never been to Prescott, but I’ve heard it’s beautiful. I’ve played Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale,Tucson, and Flagstaff, but this will be my first time in Prescott.

Q: Do you have a particular song, or album that you feel is a personal achievement? Chris: As far as having a CD that’s personal achievement, I think my Gone Again album would be my vote, If only because I was in such a creative space making the record. At the time, my rock n roll band, the Push Stars, had decided to go from full time job to semi–retirement, and I knew I had to go solo, but I wanted a clean slate creatively, so I talked to my buddy John Clark who leads a 7 piece jazz band, and asked if they'd make a CD with me. Now to differentiate, some people think jazz and they think Kenny G, but the Wolverine Jazz Band plays New Orleans style traditional, or Dixieland jazz, and have a median average band member age of about 60 years old.

So the process of blending styles was cool, and I got the most press I’d ever gotten nationally because the concept seemed to interest people. But mostly, the record itself is the testament that music knows no boundaries. It’s played live, not with computers, and the engineer got really good sounds, so listening to it, you feel like you’re in the room with us.

Q: Have you ever gotten stage fright, like when you first started and first saw the audience? Do you still get that from time to time? Where you just need to take a few moments and collect yourself before going out there. Chris: I always get stage fright. If I didn’t, I’d think something was enormously wrong. My pre–show ritual is to feel like a sheep being led to slaughter, and the thoughts running through my head are ’why the hell do I do this for a living, I'm such an idiot’ My post show feeling is relief, success, a certain ’ahhhhh, thank god that’s over’ And that feeling of fear and release is addictive.

Q: Do you feel your career as a singer/songwriter has had a jump since doing the song for August Rush? Chris: No, not really any particularly huge jumps anywhere. What ’August Rush’ HAS done is help sustain my career and enable me to add a great story to my suitcase when I go out on the road, and also bring in enough money to put food on the table for a couple years when I’m home. My career has truly been a slow and steady marathon, and I’d love it no other way. I also think it was a beautiful movie, and a lot of people loved it, so being attached to it has lent a certain credibility around me in some people’s eyes. Besides, whenever I’ve had songs in movies, my parents have tended to stop nagging me to get a real job ... for about a year.

Q: After touring the US, do you have plans of touring overseas at any time in the future? Chris: I just played in Scotland and Germany in December, and had a wonderful time. I have to say, it was the easiest touring I’ve ever done. I didn’t have to drive anywhere, book any hotel rooms, and I was not allowed to pay for anything while I was there. (my hosts in Scotland threatened to beat the p*ss out of me if I revealed my wallet at any time) I’m going back in May.

Q: A lot of music out today tends to influence society, how they dress, act, talk ... and some of that isn’t always good influence. Do you hope your music will influence the younger generations? How so? Chris: I honestly don’t think of myself as important enough to influence people. And that’s just being honest. But at the same time, I guess most of the artists who DO influence people probably don’t have a right to. Look, songwriting is an art form, and my vehicle is entertainment, but Saturday nights party is ultimately Sunday mornings memory, so I see it all as semi–meaningless. I love it, but I also use it as a release to get me through the stuff I’m going through. I guess it’s selfish in that respect. But I think a good writer should always remember his / her audience, and I hope that people will hear an occasional nice message in my lyrics.

Funny, now that I think about it, there’s a beautiful song by John Prine called ’Hello in there’ which influenced me maybe more than any other piece of artwork I’ve ever come across. The song’s message is simple, getting old is lonesome and hard, but the last line goes ’so if you’re walking down the street sometime, and you spot some hollow ancient eyes, please don’t just pass them by and stare, as if you didn’t care, say hello in there, hello’ and to this day, I always say hi to old people. True, it's not ’smack my bitch up’ but it is powerful to me.

Q: If you could say anything to the readers out there, and the people listening to your music, what would it be? Chris: I would thank them. I know there are several million musical listening options, so for the fact that they not only stumbled onto my music, but actually listen, thanks.

I want to thank you very much for your time. I wish you the best of luck with your music and hope to hear more from you in the future!

His performance will be Friday, March 12, 2010 at Livy Lou's in Prescott, Arizona.






ALL MY CHILDREN

THIS TIME featured scene
original air date: Dec-02-09

All My Children Video Clip

Chris Trappers’ song “This Time“ gets a full length feature spin on ALL MY CHILDREN. Music starts at 2:00 minutes in.






WUMB RADIO

TOP TEN +5 CD'S OF 2009
January 19, 2010

WUMB RADIO BOSTON

“We’ve tabulated the votes, and the Top Ten CD’s of 2009 have been selected. We’ve listed CD’s #15 to #11 below, in case you wanted to see who ’just missed’ being included in the WUMB Top 10 for 2009. Thanks to all who voted. “

15 – Chris Trapper – Til the Last Leaf Falls
14 – Geoff Muldaur – Geoff Muldaur & the Texas Sheiks
13 – Elien Jewell – Sea of Tears
12 – Levon Helm – Electric Dirt
11 – Eliza Gilkyson – Beautiful World
10 – Buddy & Julie Miller – Written in Chalk
9 – The Derek Trucks Band – The Derek Trucks Band
8 – Chris Smither – Time Stands Still
7 – Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women
6 – Susan Werner – Classics
5 – Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the Movies
4 – Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk
3 – Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
2 – Tom Russell – Blood & Candle Smoke
1 – Antje Duvekot – The Near Demise of the High Wire





MELODIC.NET

Four out of a possible Four Stars
January 12, 2010

Melodic.net



Chris Trapper with a history in the cool band Push Stars and four released albums is a really productive artist. As a solo artist, he has over an eight year period managed to deliver six albums, and with a good result every time. Ok, if he had done half as many, we had been given stronger and more consistent album, but thinks he still has managed to create something exciting every time. A large part of this is of course good songs, but he has also a very proper voice. Would not say that Chris Trapper is one of the greatest singers, but few artists have such a presence and feeling in his voice, which makes he especially interesting.

’Til The Last Leaf Falls’ is no exception to his earlier material and is of course, a nice pop – rock album in the spirit of both Brian Vander Ark and Jay Clifford. Would even say that it is his best solo album and very close to Push Stars best moments. There is a playfulness and optimism behind the melodies which make him stand out among all singer–songwriters out there. It can also be further confirmed as Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty is said to have expressed that Chris Trapper writes “The kind of music that songwriters love“. Not bad from a great hero who has written a few good track over the years. So if you want a warm and very well written album " 'Til The Last Leaf Falls" is a very good investment, very uncomplicated, but also very well made done.

– Johan Wippsson





BEST BET in TIME OUT CHICAGO

Live Music Event.
January 7, 2010

Time Out Chicago



Like many major–label casualties, Chris Trapper has garnered a cult following with his easy E Street pop–rock. Trapper quietly polishes tunes of booze, brunets and broken dreams both as a solo artist and as the songwriter behind the Push Stars.





BEST BET in the PIONEER PRESS

Twin Cities Live Music Event.
January 3, 2010

The Pioneer Press



FOLK / CHRIS TRAPPER
Thursday: Boston has a thriving rock scene, but it is also known for pumping out first–rate singer–songwriters. After becoming the toast of the former with his band, the Push Stars, Chris Trapper decided to check out life in the latter. One could say Trapper has always gone out of his way to avoid stardom – the Push Stars eschewed major–label offers in favor of small indies, where they had more creative control. Now, Trapper has taken that to an extreme by barnstorming the coffeehouse circuit alone, playing intimate venues like Ginkgo, which we’re betting has never before hosted anyone who once warmed up for Matchbox 20.

– Rob Hubbard





STAFF PICK in CHARLESTON SC

by Marina Fleming for The Charleston City Paper.
October 28, 2009

The Charleston City Paper



Chris Trapper, the former front man from the beloved ’90s/’00s alternative rock group The Push Stars, continues to advance in his solo career. Trapper returns to town on Wed. Oct. 28 for a show at the Village Tavern in Mt. Pleasant. Since his last showing at the Tavern, Trapper has put out a new album, entitled ’Til the Last Leaf Falls. One of his latest songs, ’This Time,’ emerged as the number–one selling tune on the Grammy–nominated soundtrack August Rush. Trapper has spent much of 2009 on the road playing all over the United States and Canada, and even has a trip planned to Scotland and Germany later this year. His style has stayed consistent however, keeping in tune with his alternative acoustic music with a modern–day folk twist. Trapper is best known for his down–to–earth lyrics and organic approach to classic pop.





FOX25 BOSTON

Chris Trapper Performs Live on the Fox Morning Show.
October 22, 2009



FOX25, myfoxboston – Grammy–nominated singer/songwriter Chris Trapper has been busy touring all over the United States and Canada, but he’s back with a big show tomorrow night at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. Trapper’s latest CD, ’Til the Last Leaf Falls,’ is receiving rave reviews, and it’s another outstanding collection of terrific songs.
Listen to his performance..





LISTEN UP

by Mark Bialczak of The Syracuse Post Standard.
October 01, 2009

The Syracuse Post Standard

CHRIS TRAPPER back to The Red House in Syracuse by very popular demand


Chris Trapper loves to mix the vibes of 1950s pop, 1990s rock and trad–jazz.

The singer and guitarist who used to lead Boston band The Push Stars is a regular at The Red House in Syracuse. The Buffalo native has earned praise all over the country.

But sometimes its toughest to earn praise in your own backyard. Not for Trapper. From his hometown Buffalo News:

“It’s an incredibly rare musician, particularly in the world of popular music, who is able to forge a career based on quiet dignity and steadfast integrity.“

I first got clued in to Trapper’s work in 2001 when I caught him with The Push Stars at the late, great Happy Endings Cake and Coffeehouse in Armory Square. I said he was at his “edgy, Americana best.“

I again went to the A–word when reviewed Trapper’s solo CD in 2006: “Americana radio listeners could enjoy the sweetness and vivid imagery of “Jukebox Lights“ ...





CHOICE CONCERTS

by Frank De Blase, Rochester City Newspaper.
October 01, 2009

Rochester City Paper
All three members of the currently shelved Push Stars won’t rule out a reunion; just not right now. They’re all too busy, especially front man and principle songwriter Chris Trapper. Trapper has been doing the solo thing for a while, branching out here and there to include Dixieland, of all things, a few years back with “Gone Again.“ Trapper’s music is multi–faceted yet uncomplicated. It’s casual and cool with elements of classic pop and folk, strummed with a decided swing and ease.






CHRIS TRAPPER

by Jinelle Shengulette Special to Metromix.
October 01, 2009

Rochester Insider/Metromix
When Boston–based singer–songwriter Chris Trapper was younger and wanted to ask out a girl, he would record his voice on a cassette, dial the girl’s number and play the recording. He took this precaution to avoid embarrassment from stuttering.

The Buffalo native later found an outlet for his frustration with stuttering – music – which also enabled him to get his message across in a different way.

“I realized if I was going to communicate who I was to people, I would need some alternate medium because speaking wasn’t going well,“ says Trapper

Gradually, he says, he became more comfortable talking onstage, and his stutter improved. “It became a really powerful thing for me.“ The Grammy–nominated singer–songwriter, who specializes in indie power pop, will perform at Abilene Bar and Lounge on Friday, Oct. 2, as part of a national tour to support Til the Last Leaf Falls, his sixth solo effort.

Trapper is approaching this tour in short bursts, setting out on the road for a few days and a few shows, heading back home to rest and then repeating the sequence.

“I toured with (The Push Stars) for a bunch of years, and we’d do eight months on tour without any home life,“ he explains. “I kind of want to have some semblance of a normal life, with the touring, fast–food lifestyle.“

As the lead singer of The Push Stars, Trapper watched his band go from being “a great bar band“ to opening for acts like Matchbox 20, “eating lobster in catering rooms and playing for 50,000 people.“

Still, there came a point when Trapper says the band “ran its course.“ (He says it’s now on hiatus “indefinitely.“) He channeled his energy into solo work, which led to a string of successes, including contributing a song to the film August Rush.

He had heard that the film’s producers were looking for a song for lead actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers to sing in the movie. After Trapper was given a script, he sat in his back yard, read the whole thing and “literally walked inside, grabbed my guitar and wrote the song in less than an hour,“ he says.

After the song, titled “This Time,“ was chosen for the film, Trapper was asked to act in a scene with Rhys Meyers, although it ended up on the cutting-room floor.

“I spent the day in a Town Car (with Rhys Meyers), driving through San Francisco; we were shooting at all different spots,“ Trapper recalls. “It was amazing for me to see how the city shuts down for the film industry ... it was amazing to see him act, too. I got a new respect for the talent in acting.“

“This Time“ went on to be the most downloaded song off of the soundtrack, which was nominated for a Grammy last year. Trapper says attending the Grammys was a “pinnacle moment“ in his career.

Today, the singer–songwriter is working on a follow–up to Til the Last Leaf Falls. With 10 demos recorded, he’s trying to gauge the vibe of his next record.

“The nice thing about being a songwriter versus (being) in a band is you can really do anything sound-wise,“ he says, “The boundaries are widened.“






Timothy Hankins – Creative Thought, Original Writing
August, 2009


WHAT SONGS ARE MEANT TO DO
As I listen I can’t help but consider the Chris Trapper catalog and think of the way his songs are explorations of a vast emotional landscape. They encompass so much of everyday life, and tend to track some where between pathos and joy, sometimes hovering near the edge of each, one thing I never hear in a Chris Trapper tune is cynicism. You may not know it, but you’ve probably already heard a Chris Trapper song. Though the Boston–based songwriter hasn’t become a nationwide household name, the sophisticated simplicity of his tunes has earned him a well–deserved reputation as one of the best songwriters currently working in the craft. And that reputation has brought with it one opportu nity after another for his music to be featured in films and television. [read more]

Timothy Sanford Hankins is a writer and musician based in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


THE BUFFALO NEWS
May, 2009


TRAPPER IS BACK
Trapper is back

It’s an incredibly rare musician, particularly in the world of popular music, who is able to forge a career based on quiet dignity and steadfast integrity.

Clinging to such concepts usually means making peace with the idea that you’ll probably never be a household name, will likely fly below the mainstream radar much of the time, will communicate with a smaller audience. Chris Trapper, who returns to his native Buffalo from longtime digs in Boston, Mass., for a show inside the Tralf (622 Main St.) at 8 p. m. Thursday, is one such musician.

Best known as the former leader of the Push Stars, and now a fully tenured solo artist, Trapper has had considerable success over the years, landing songs in movies, contributing to television shows, collaborating with highly successful bands, and even grabbing a Grammy nomination for his involvement with the “August Rush“ soundtrack.

Still, Trapper has never really taken the bait, never gone whole–hog for the gold ring, never been willing to compromise his own ideas about songwriting and record–making in order to make the jump from revered cult figure to spotlight–bathed mega–dude.

Of course, it’s not like Trapper is some obscure artist hell–bent on creating outsider art based on a willful tendency toward the avant–garde. No, he’s essentially a pop singer–songwriter with folk leanings. He has never tried to reinvent the wheel.

Within those parameters, however, Trapper has consistently been willing to experiment, whether that meant collaborating with Boston’s renowned Wolverine Jazz Band for the Dixieland–flavored “Gone Again,“ releasing an album of self–penned Christmas/holiday songs, or co–writing pieces for Canadian Celtic–folk–rock outfit Great Big Sea.

Trapper is currently touring behind his sixth solo effort, “Til the Last Leaf Falls,“ and the Tralf show will concentrate on material from that record. He has invited some friends, in the form of Buffalo’s own Corrections and Bob Fera, to open.

Jeff Miers – Pop Music Critic


BEST OF WNY.COM
May, 2009


BEST OF WESTERN NEW YORK
Buffalo native Chris Trapper has released a new solo disc with the title Til The Last Leaf Falls. The ex–Push Stars member and current Boston, MA resident has a knack for writing hook laden and melodic pop gems along the lines of John Hiatt and Jacob Dylan. Some of those well written gems from Til The Last Leaf Falls include ’Black Hearted Bride’, the deceptively simple yet unforgettably catchy ’Look what the wind blew in’, ’Big Mistake’, the title track and ’Least You're Breathing’ a galloping romp reminiscent of The E–Street Band. Trapper makes it back to town often and you owe yourself the chance to check him out live.

CD Review – By Bob Silvestri


KTKE RADIO
April, 2009


LIVE ON THE AIR, TRUCKEE TAHOE RADIO
I wanted to let you know I enjoyed meeting Chris. Such a pleasure! He sounded sooooooo good acoustic He is so talented and very personable! I felt like I knew him forever. We know alot of the same peoplein the biz and back in Boston...it was a trip!

His show on Friday night was highly entertaining! He was so funny on stage. He def. won the crowd over!

I received the new CD. Many thx. I’ve dropped ’This Time’ into rotation along with Chris’ station liners. The CD is currently stuck in my player. I am sure I will find more songs to drop into rotation and I will let you know which ones I chose.

Our doors are always open to Chris and his music. Thanks again for helping make this interview and meeting happen!

Sincerely, Sue Waters - Music Director - 101.5FM KTKE


PERFORMING SONGWRITER MAGAZINE
February, 2009


DIY - TOP 12 PICKS
Given the exceptional creative arc maintained by his three previous albums, culminating now with this wonderful offering, New England songsmith and former Push Stars frontman Chris Trapper continues to dazzle even as he’s inexplicably escaped attention from the world at large. With their rich, evocative ambiance, his songs consistently provide an immediate listenability.

It’s that mesh of aural imagery, supple arrangements and emotive delivery that imbues this album with a sound both supple and stirring, from the skyward gaze of ’Black Hearted Bride’; to the irresistibly infectious ’Black Eye’. So too, ’Look What the Wind Blew In’, ’Across the World’ and ’Curbside View’ all demonstrate how the allure of a solitary stance can still resonate and, indeed, radiate ever so brightly. –LZ

Lee Zimmerman - Performing Songwriter


INK 19
February, 2009


CD REVIEW: TIL THE LAST LEAF FALLS


INK 19
Given the exceptional creative arc maintained by his three previous albums, culminating now with this Til The Last Leaf Falls is Boston singer–songwriter Chris Trapper’s fourth solo record and is another stellar collection of the kind of wistful, undeniably melodic folk–pop songs which have become his trademark.

The former Push Stars frontman has found a new lease of life as a solo artist and Til The Last Leaf Falls arguably shows him at the peak of his creative powers. Opener ’This Time’ was featured prominently in the soundtrack for the August Rush soundtrack and is classic Trapper, with its mid tempo riff and introspective lyrics, while the vivid sketch of unrequited love contained in the lyrics of ’Wait a Lifetime’ confirms him as one of life’s hopeless romantics.

With a full band behind him, Trapper’s songs always strike a chord, but the sheer simplicity of the acoustic ’Look What The Wind Blew In’ contrasts with his powerful lyrics of bitter regret and disappointment, to be a real album highlight. The uptempo pop of ’Least You’re Breathing’ and ’Black Eye’ show another side to Trapper’s songwriting mastery, while the atmospheric title track and jaunty ’Black Hearted Bride’ again demonstrate the diversity of his material.

But it’s the quite outstanding ’Cost of Constant Travelling’ which steals the show, thanks in no small part to some typically understated guitar work from guest player Duke Levine.

In these troubled and uncertain times, the enduring beauty that can be found throughout almost every song on Til The Last Leaf Falls is something to be truly thankful.

Andrew Ellis - INK 19


THE VALLEY ADVOCATE
January 01, 2009


CD SHORTS: CHRIS TRAPPER TIL THE LAST LEAF FALLS


The name Chris Trapper may not ring immediate bells, but you've heard his songs in films such as August Rush, The Devil Wears Prada, and There's Something About Mary. He sometimes fronts the pop rock Push Stars, but also has a dynamic solo career and a repertoire that's somewhere between the wall-to-wall lushness of Snow Patrol and the chirpy optimism of Great Big Sea. Trapper claims musical brotherhood with the latter; his baritone often resembles that of Alan Doyle. Check out "Black Eye," a song that manages t o tackle abuse, car theft and flight, yet still come off as opti-pop with its "everything is gonna be OK" promise. Truly one of the highlights of 2008.

Rob Weir - The Valley Advocate


THE BOSTON GLOBE
December 29, 2008


POP: CHRIS TRAPPER TIL THE LAST LEAF FALLS
ESSENTIAL ”This Time”

Chris Trapper knocked on stardom's door with the Push Stars but has had a long and winding career ever since. This is his fifth solo disc and further affirms his underrated status. Trapper's voice has the earnestly sensitive timbre of Coldplay's Chris Martin (I'd love to hear them sing duets), though he departs from custom and shows a darker side this time.

All the songs are subtle musings on love, with some of the better ones afloat in bittersweetness, as in ”Big Mistake” and ”Black Eye.” Some of the tempos are too restrained - this is a classic, Triple A radio-style disc - but Trapper limns them with gorgeous details that shimmer through his quiet melodies. Some of his piano playing is reminiscent of Neil Young on ”Journey Through the Past,” while his guitar playing is continually effective. His backup players also shine, notably Boston's Duke Levine on guitar, mandolin, and lap steel.

This is an artful album about a man in thoughtful transition in life. And he includes his own version of the gently lilting ”This Time,” which he wrote for the ”August Rush” soundtrack (actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers sang it in the movie). Trapper is an incurable romantic and you'll see why here. (Out now)

Steve Morse - The Boston Globe


ROOTSTIME.BE
January 2009


CHRIS TRAPPER TIL THE LAST LEAF FALLS


Til The Last Leaf Falls is already the fifth solo album of the Boston living singer-songwriter Chris Trapper, who as a group before the recording zangersrol in poprock trio 'Push Stars. 13 songs on this album is noting the original version of the romantic song "This Time", a song for a Grammy Award nominated as part of the movie soundtrack for the print "August Rush", for that occasion, although sung Join by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Chris Trapper of the songs are often in several American films and TV series. They are all situated in the alternative popgenre and sing often the darker side of society. On this album are rapidly alternated between a beautiful piano ballad in "Wait A Lifetime" and an Irish folk song sing along music grafted i n "Black Hearted Bride" to immediately thereafter to proceed in a swinging rocker "Constant Cost Of Traveling" with us 'Counting Crows' reminder calls. Chris Trapper leaves usually an elaborate acoustic song then subtly uitdeint in some melodic genre and style. In addition, he spends a lot of attention to the lyrics in which he tries to say something valuable. His voice - a mix of a baritone and a tenor - knows the attention of the listener to seize and classic sounding popmelodieŽn its elegant and easy to the ear. We believe in voting several times on Adam Duritz of Counting Crows' songs and also close relatively close to the genre of this band. However, we are not a tribute to the merits of the artist Chris Trapper himself as songwriter and singer. Smooth rock tunes like "Cost Of Constant Traveling", "In My Sight" and "Black Eye" are easily the necessary information to obtain airplay on many U.S. radio stations. But in the more emotion fully and slower songs like "This Time", "Curb Side View" and "Look What the Wind Blew In" know this singer to charm, often only with finger picking acoustic guitar and a touch of pedal steel as a musical accompaniment. Or in the piano ballads "Wait A Lifetime" and "Big Mistake" in which Chris Trapper his beautiful singing qualities know to show up. In conclusion, we have even an honorable mention for the title track "Til The Last Leaf Falls", the beautiful swinging on babbling "Across The World" and the instrumental CD-valve "Passing".

This is a very nice disc that you have music in the house should identify and nurture in twilight and a glass of consolation.


THISisMODERN
November 18, 2008


Chris Trapper "It's Christmas Time" Chris Trapper has always been a storyteller, and is known for showcasing his very down to earth and relatable life stories through his music. This collection does just that, with a bit of a spin: it's all about Christmas. Chris' cunning lyricism shine throughout the entire disc which is both sentimental and comedic at times. Each song tells a story and as a listener it is easy to connect with Chris and his cast of characters. Christmas music like this doesn't come around too often. Key Tracks: "Black And Blue Christmas"; "California Holiday"; "It's Christmastime"


BUFFALO NEWS
December 12, 2007
Jeff Miers

Buffalo native and erstwhile leader of the Push Stars Chris Trapper gives us a full album’s worth of self-penned Christmas tunes with “It’s Christmas Time” (Starlit Records), and it’s a laid-back beauty. With sparse accompaniment — mostly acoustic guitar, some nice lap steel, upright bass and smartly arranged horns — the record sounds instantly familiar and inviting, and celebrates the sadly undervalued beauty of Trapper’s voice. It’s another new Christmas classic, then.

BOSTON HERALD
December 7, 2007
Larry Katz

Christmas music is back.

OK, it never really went away. As inevitable as an Amy Winehouse meltdown, every fall a blizzard of Christmas CDs arrive. This I know all too well, because every fall I wade through a hundred or so of these seasonal offerings in search of holiday goodies.

But last year’s search for worthy Christmas sounds ended in utter frustration. 2006 rated as absolutely the worst year for Yule music ever - or at least since the dawn of the compact disc.

So I bring glad tidings. Christmas music roars back in 2007 with a sleighful of worthy releases to lively up your December.

Best original songs: Chris Trapper, “It’s Christmas Time.” This isn’t merely the best by a Boston singer/songwriter, it’s the year’s best set of new Christmas tunes, period. Simple arrangements and instrumentation (featuring banjo, ukulele, lap steel and the like) accentuate Push Star Trapper’s charm and sincerity as he captures real-life holiday feelings. Runner-up: Over the Rhine,
“Snow Angels.” Female-fronted Cincinnati band’s somber Noel reflections.

CHRIS TRAPPER HEY YOU
STARLIT RECORDS
November 2007
Andrew Ellis

www.ink19.com

Chris Trapper’s Hey You has been out for nearly a year but such a special album deserves some retrospective praise.

The former Push Stars singer-songwriter has released two previous solo albums, but Hey You is probably the pick of his entire back catalogue -- and that’s saying something for a writer and performer as prolific as Trapper.

A brief spell on Capitol apart, Trapper has spent the majority of his eight-album recording career on the indie periphery, but it’s a situation that clearly suits him. This freedom affords him the ability to release records containing such diverse gems as the quirky “Say It Loud,” the beautiful Celtic-tinged “In From The Outside” and the Latin-flavored “Tear Choked Eye.”

The sparse, gentle acoustics of “Everytime I See You” and the philosophical “35th Birthday” show Trapper at his understated, evocative best, while haunting opener “Feelings Without Weight” demonstrates a modern, melodic edge to his songwriting.

Despite the diverse nature of the songs, Hey You has a sense of unity that ties all the songs together: namely, Chris Trapper’s remarkable talent. His career may perhaps be best summed up by the lyric “Why am I always inside out/ Caught in the corners of the crowd?”, but I urge you to discover his music for yourself.

CHRIS TRAPPER, "HEY YOU!" (STARLIT RECORDS, 2006)
Par Winberg
www.melodic.net

Chris Trapper from The Push Stars is out on a solo adventure and that with a good result. Chris sits on a very nice voice and the album is a very personal and clever singer songwriter popalbum. Imagine yourself a 15 year younger Elvis Costello with a poppier edge mixed the classic modern "singer songwriter sound from Aware". Just listen to a song like "Say It Loud" at his MySpace site and you'll get the grip and probably buy your own copy. This CD is close to a four if it wasn't for a FEW quite boring tracks. But they're few and the main part is as I wrote really good. Check him out today folks.

ST. LOUIS RIVERFRONT TIMES

February 7, 2007

Chris Trapper has the unfortunate luck of coming to town the very same night as the way-sold-out Shins show — which means that the Boston singer-songwriter might not have the audience he deserves for his richly detailed tunes. A mainstay of the Beantown music scene for more than a decade as the leader of heartfelt rockers the Push Stars, Trapper the solo artist is an equally thoughtful troubadour who addresses the weightier side of life. That's no more evident than on last year's Hey, You, a solid collection of songs about hard-luck loners and sad-eyed romantics. Trapper's vocals most often resemble the wrinkled tenor of Counting Crows' Adam Duritz (sans whining), but his voice is a honeyed match for Hey's slick, rootsy college-rock and acoustic folk-twang — music inspired by and courtesy of guests such as Great Big Sea, Martin Sexton and Trapper's Push Stars bandmates.

INSITE ATLANTA
February 2007

For the past 10 years, Chris Trapper has been valiantly leading Boston's
criminally underrated Push Stars, the alt rockers who perfected power pop on
1999's After the Party.  Though they flirted with national success thanks to
a spot on the There's Something About Mary soundtrack and a brief stay with
Capitol, but were ultimately shown the door after failing to make the label
millions.

In the years since, the band has continued to churn out records and Trapper
has vacillated between fronting a remarkable rock band and putting in time
as an equally remarkable solo artist.  On Hey You, his third solo disc, the
songs are still rooted in a satisfying pop foundation, but Trapper tends to
gamble more on experimentation bringing in steel guitars, accordions,
whistles and horns.

The result is just as strong as anything Trapper has turned in before and
likely to impress anyone who has ever owned a Cheap Trick or Big Star
record.

PERFORMING SONGWRITER
December 2006
Mare Wakefield


You think I think too much of myself / And I think you’ve been seeing someone else.” So begins “All Time Favorite,” a peppy swing tune by Push Stars frontman Chris Trapper. He goes on to accuse his shifty sweetie of working out, dressing up and “leaving too much lipstick on your cup.” Banjo, trombone and saloon-style piano bob happily along as Trapper contemplates his supposed betrayal.

Trapper leaves the Push Stars’ pop-rock stylings behind to explore a jazzier sound on Gone Again. Backed by Boston’s Wolverine Jazz Band, Trapper sings of week-long trips on tourist ships and girls crazy for Frank Sinatra. The record exudes a comfy lounge feel with expert arrangement incorporating tubas, guitars and lap steel. We know Trapper’s tasted success before, and our guess is that it won’t be long before he’s singled out on the singer-songwriter circuit as well.

WASHINGTON POST

May 5, 2006
Pamela Murray Winters


The way Chris Trapper tells it, he was feeling jaded and uninspired when he ran across an old jazz cassette and hatched a plan to record with some Dixieland-style musicians.  The result suggests that he has overcome his creative block. “Gone Again” sets the strut and embellishments of the Wolverine Jazz Band’s Boston–area musicians who, as Trapper says in his liner notes, “play a lost art” to Trapper’s own droll songs.  He’s a fellow who declares to a lover: “Don’t need caviar and wine / Burger King will be just fine.”

Ignoring the cheeky, postmodern swing resurgence of the 1990s, Trapper, of The Push Stars, sounds like the 21st-century young popster he is. The dark humor of songs such as “Nowhere,” a tale of a groom’s night out gone wrong, makes for a perfect bridge between Trapper’s modern sensibilities and the sunny-side optimism of horns, piano, banjo, and percussion.  And “Boston Girl” connects last century’s patter and talking blues with hip–hop rhyming: Only the jitterbug rhythm and Tijuana Brass-sounding chorus make the difference.

Just for good measure, Trapper throws in a few quiet, contemplative numbers such as the sweet lap-steel-washed “Jukebox Lights.”   

CHRIS TRAPPER - GONE AGAIN
Jeff Imbaro
www.bostonbeats.com


Some albums manage to be more than music, more than song or sound. If
you catch it right, and if you're open to it, they are windows into
moments, and invitations to truth. No great Truth, mind you, other than
what it feels like to be on the road, or sitting in your backyard on a
warm day, or in love. Some albums are something more. Chris Trapper's
Gone Again is such an album. This project finds the Push Stars front
man joining the Wolverine Jazz Band, and is filled with a variety of
clarinet counter-melodies and tuba bass-lines. Without exception, the
songs work. When combined with Trapper's expert songwriting and easy
voice, the result is like nothing else you've heard, and yet is like
everything you already love. Some songs bring to mind Cake or the
Squirrel Nut Zippers, others Jack Johnson, John Mayer or Toad the Wet
Sprocket. Listeners of a slightly earlier generation will recall Marc
Cohn, David Wilcox, the Counting Crows or even Tom Waits. The point is
that although Gone Again is completely unique and original, it's not so
original or unusual that you won't find yourself playing it over and
over.

The number of incredible songs on Gone Again is almost as many as
there are tracks, but some deserve special mention. The album opens
with a sweet rolling gem called "All Time Favorite," which will put a
smile on your face every time it sings from your stereo. "Nowhere" is a
dirty old postcard, lost and pleading, dramatic and imperative. A
proclaiming trumpet punctuates the story, and calls to mind a back
alley somewhere in Tijuana. "Away We Go" brings us to a coconut island
of tropical simplicity, a lazy love affair in the sun, which then
transitions into the upbeat "Boston Girl." This song taps along at
exactly the pace of highway stripes running under the wheels of a car
on the highway, cleverly complimenting the women of Boston by
describing the kinds of women they are not. Then again Trapper manages
to be romantic yet masculine, in the perfect "Dinner and Dream."
Whispering and beautiful, this song is perhaps the finest on the album.

There is still great music being made. You just have to go out and
find it. Bring it into your life and you will be rewarded. Chris
Trapper's Gone Again has a place in your collection, and never far from
your CD player.  


PULSE OF THE TWIN CITIES
November 23, 2005

Chris Trapper's new disc Gone Again came to me as a welcome treat this past week, featuring as it does the New Orleans-esque stylings of the Wolverine Jazz Band. Trapper's pop leanings, which are so boldly in the forefront in his usual outfit, the Push-Stars, are here couched in the sensitive and swinging accompaniment of banjo, tuba, clarinet, trumpet and trombone. A lot of front men who choose to go native in the trad jazz world hew to covers, but Trapper admirably sticks to his original guns here by composing all the tracks. Opener "All Time Favorite" is a standout, draping a sad-sack tale of infidelity in velvety curtains and clever wordplay like, "You're out busy planning your escape/and I'm a superhero with no cape." It's a sharp contrast to the woe-is-me vibe that pervades a lot of indie-rock nowadays (a lot of which I like), and a good reminder that the point of a lot of early jazz and blues wasn't wallowing in misery, but dancing your sorrows away.


CITY NEWSPAPER
Rochester, NY
Frank DeBlase


Chris Trapper's new CD Gone Again has the Boston-based singer-songwriter sounding like a New England Yankee in Leon Redbone's court -- or perhaps Dylan in Dixieland. As frontman for The Pushstars and as a solo artist, Trapper has long proven himself a powerful, insightful songwriter. But this new album has Trapper waking up in a jazzy dream thanks to The Wolverine Jazz Band. This is the coolest thing he has ever done. Trapper and the band each manage to maintain their own identities --- the thoughtful songwriter and a classic jazz band full of swing and joy. Neither has to augment or sacrifice. It's simply Trapper's patented pop style played with a jazz band. And it totally works. The lazy, hazy Tin Pan shuffles give a new perch for his lyrics that in turn
allow the jazz to grow and sashay outside the Alley.


CHRIS TRAPPER "SONGS FROM T
HE DRIVE-IN" STARLIT RECORDS
By Nick A. Zaino III
Boston Phoenix.com
October 17, 2002


As the frontman for the Boston pop group the Push Stars, Chris Trapper displayed his talent for making radio-friendly music that treads the line between Top 40 rock and grassroots folk. But beneath the sunny melodic surface, there has always been a darker side to his songwriting. And on his first solo effort, Songs from the Drive-In, he indulges that side. The result is a much more personal-sounding collection of songs - a throwback to his days as a lone folkie on the Boston scene. Trapper spins small-town tales of death, joy, and remembrance in stripped-down, mostly acoustic arrangements that put the focus on his formidable storytelling talents. As in true folk music, the charm is in the details. Lovers draw "fingerpaint hearts" on their car windows at the drive-in; the sound of a neighborhood kid struggling to play his clarinet drifts out into the street; a young would-be hero dies in a car race over a $20 bet. By the time Songs from the Drive-In is over, Trapper's imagination has spawned a whole town full of people living, breathing, and dying.


PRESS QUOTES

"Trapper could write a song about early 20th century import/export
regulations and have you singing along by the chorus. The Push Stars
frontman has just released his third solo record, and it's clear his
penchant for pop hooks remains unshaken. With a little help from friends
including Great Big Sea and Martin Sexton, as well as a couple of
additional Push Stars, "Hey, You" exposes fans to some Celtic sounds and
even an Afro-Cuban groove to go with Trapper's wistful jangly pop." - Boston Herald

"This guy has it - "it" being that blend of talent and "otherness" that can take a simple rock song out of the area of the pedestrian and into the ether of the sublime." - Buffalo News

"Chris Trapper plays the role of a hopeless loser to perfection on his latest release "Hey, You."  Proclaiming the restlessness of a life lived going in circles, Trapper articulates the frustrations of a dead-end road with first person accounts of school bullies, belittling bosses and failed relationships. The beauty in the misery, however, is Trapper's ability to tell the stories with humor and melody.”  - Charleston Post and Courier

"Hey,You" examines the loneliness that we all sometimes feel. Trapper conjures up such strong imagery of lives slowly dying that you can feel the choking heat and taste the dust from the streets. And Trapper is not afraid to cross musical boundaries and experiment with different sounds.” - Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin

"He has a wonderful gift for communicating wounded optimism, both through
his lyrics and his smooth-yet-wobbly vocals, and is tremendously skilled at
blending shiny mainstream pop with New England folk. This time around,
Trapper uses the Wolverine Jazz Band to not only flesh out his sound, but
take it in a new direction. The result is something like Dixieland folk,
which isn't as strange as you might think - matter of fact, it's often (like
on the opener, "All Time Favorite") downright wonderful." - Jefitoblog

"Undergoing an extreme musical makeover from lead singer of the respected
pop-rock sensation The Push Stars to an independent solo artist,
Boston-based, Buffalo-born musician Chris Trapper has recently released Gone
Again (Starlit Records). The album blends the songwriter's acoustic
abilities with his love for jazz. Joining the songwriter is The Wolverine
Jazz Band, who help give shape to Trapper's otherwise clean-cut sonic
landscape with such instruments as the banjo, trumpet, and trombone."
- Buffalo Art Voice

"...the just-released "Gone Again" is a brave, ambitious departure for the songwriter. Working with Boston's noted trad/Dixieland jazz ensemble the Wolverine Jazz Band, Trapper sets his vivid, deeply melodic songs against a backdrop that rather poignantly evokes images of New Orleans. It's stirring stuff and reveals Trapper to be an artist still forging into new territory."
- Buffalo News

"...mix of nostalgia-dosed requiems for old lovers, older towns, and pledge-pin romance, all wrapped in a package of cascading choruses and soaring melodies. It's the sentimental stuff of prom dates and wedding receptions, with the occasional Sunday hangover thrown in to keep it all from getting too WB Network-cute." - Boston Phoenix

"Another brilliant album, the songs here are written so poetically, and abstractly - it's nearly impossible not to be intrigued." - DiscoveringArtists.com

"Luckily for us, Trapper's therapeutic output results in the kind of infectiously melodic pop that is far too rare these days. His lyrics range from the pensively melancholy to the goofily ecstatic, but the tone and sound of the Push Stars music is relentlessly vibrant, reveling in sheer joy." - Patriot Ledger

"...new songs seemed to fit right in, maybe adding a more rootsy, thoughtful turn. Songs such as the stormy-sweet "Claire" and "Outside of a Dream " were a keen mix of Chris Trapper's rich, passionate voice and his unabashed sentimentality." - Boston Herald

"We’re so smitten by Chris Trapper’s songwriting, honestly, this disc has melted onto the transport system of my trusty Magnavox CD machine. From the opening "Any Little Town" to the concluding "Cadillac," this is great music, the kind of music picky holdouts like you and me so righteously deserve." – Gavin

INTERVIEWS AND FEATURE ARTICLES

PATRIOT LEDGER
December 15, 2006

There is good news for fans of the Boston band the Push Stars:- Chris Trapper said the band ‘‘has never really gone out of my blood.’’ Trapper, of Westwood, will lead a Push Stars show at the Paradise Lounge in Boston on New Year’s Eve. Be warned, though, this gig is not a reunion. MORE

BUFFALO NEWS
November 17, 2006

Though he's best known as songwriter and singer with eminently lovable pop auteurs The Push Stars, I first came to know of Chris Trapper's talent as a student of English and music at Fredonia State College in the late '80s. Back then, Trapper was fronting a band called Awake and Dreaming, and the group had captured my imagination.
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PHOENIXVILLE NEWS
November 16, 2006

Boston-based pop-rocker Chris Trapper of The Push Stars will be making his Phoenixville debut at Steel City Coffee House this Friday night, November 17, 2006 at 8:30 p.m. Trapper said that he was asked to come to town by his friend, Anne Heaton, who'll be performing along with Lanky this Friday.
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BINGHAMTON PRESS & SUN BULLETIN
October 2006

Chris Trapper knows what it's like to be a faceless drone in a dead-end job. Before his success as a rock musician, he's proud to say he worked at both a McDonald's and a gas station. Well, maybe not proud exactly. But those experiences are a driving force for his songwriting work ethic
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JAZZ TIMES
June 2006

Chris Trapper looks like he could be a male crooner a la Michael Buble.  With his slicked back red-brown hair, blue eyes and lean torso, you could easily imagine this former barbershop-quartet singer sporting a snappy suit and crooning into a big old Sinatraesque microphone.
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FEATURED ARTIST INTERVIEW--CHRIS TRAPPER
www.bostonbeats.com
March 9, 2006


"The lyrical singer-songwriter thing in Boston is very respected, but in other cities you look for a singer-songwriter room, and they're hard to find. I think that's the nice thing about Boston." Read our interview with Chris and learn more about his life with the Push Stars and his new solo project.
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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
January 19, 2006

Who wants a cookie? That was the gist of Chris Trapper's spiel to tourists years ago when he was working for a cookie shop at an outdoor mall in Quincy, Mass.  Not exactly a job with future prospects, and Trapper admits the job weighed on him. Especially the night he sat down, after a particularly onerous
shift, to watch a Dixieland band perform.
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BINGHAMTON PRESS & SUN BULLETIN
January 19, 2006

Folk wisdom and fortune cookies say that a change is as good as rest--but even Chris Trapper's friends and colleagues were puzzled at first by his detour into the land of Dixieland jazz.
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BOSTON HERALD
January 6, 2006

What if the tried-and-true pop music triumvirate of guitar, bass and drums were replaced by clarinet, tuba and banjo? No need to ponder the dramatic ramifications of this hypothetical question any longer. Chris Trapper, frontman for Boston's Push Stars, has just released a rather wonderful solo record
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BOSTON GLOBE
January 6, 2006

Chris Trapper would be the first guy to tell you he's always been unhip, even sort of square, when it comes to rock 'n' roll attitude. ''I sang in a barbershop quartet in high school," Trapper says over chocolate cream pie at the Other Side Cosmic Café on Newbury Street, where he used to wait tables a lifetime ago. That was long before his Boston-by-way-of-Buffalo pop band, the Push Stars, briefly became major label semistars and he found himself writing
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PATRIOT LEDGER
January 6, 2006

His fans know him as the leader of the beloved New England pop-rock crew the Push Stars, and industry folks know him as a go-to songwriter: Chris Trapper's songs have seen countless movies and TV shows, and have been covered by everyone from matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas to girl-rockers
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POUGHKEEPSIE PULSE
October 13, 2005

Chris Trapper is best known as the lead singer for The Push stars, a pop/rock and from Boston that has played alongside Matchbox Twenty, Train, Third Eye Blind and Vertical Horizon. The band has had songs in the hot soundtrack MORE