Rob Roper | The Other Side of Nowhere (feat. Paul Ermisch)

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The Other Side of Nowhere (feat. Paul Ermisch)

by Rob Roper

Rob Roper's latest outing, featuring Paul Ermisch on violin, reflects the acoustic folk-rock style of Roper's recent live shows as a duo with Ermisch. The songwriting is wry, funny, and often heart-rending.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Sea of Hope
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2. Let's Go to the Mountains
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3. The Other Side of Nowhere
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4. The Man in the Movies
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5. Trouble On the Way
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6. Misfit (Acoustic)
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7. Let It Go
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8. Falling Into Heaven (Acoustic)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Rob Roper follows his widely-praised 2011 release Misfit with The Other Side of Nowhere, an acoustic guitar-based collection of eight songs. The album features Paul Ermisch on violin. It includes four new compositions, one cover, and three reinterpretations of previously-released songs.

"Not only did I have some new songs I wanted to record," says Roper, "but I also wanted to capture how Paul and I have sounded as a live, acoustic duo the last couple of years."

Lyrically, The Other Side of Nowhere continues Roper's themes of dissatisfaction, frustration, failed relationships, and the search for identity, often presented with the wry, self-deprecating humor and hard-won hopefulness of someone who's been around the block enough times to have gained some real wisdom. His writing is often spare, but never simplistic, evoking in a few lines what a less skillful songwriter might need several verses to express. Musically, the new CD differs from Misfit in that the guitars are all acoustic and the primary lead instrument is Ermisch's violin. However, as in his other releases, Roper experiments with an eclectic combination of styles: rock, country, folk, and elements of blues and jazz.

"Acoustic" doesn't mean sweet and soothing. "Sea of Hope," "Let's Go to the Mountains," and "Let it Go" are upbeat rockers including hand drums and bass. "Initially I planned the record to be just Paul and me," Roper points out, "but things escalated during the recording process."

The title song and the cover "Trouble on the Way" by Timmy Riordan have an edgy country vibe. "I loved 'Trouble on the Way' the first time I heard it," says Roper, "and have been covering it at shows ever since." "The Man in the Movies," the softest, most subtle song on the CD, is a tiny gem featuring a haunting cello accompaniment.

The three previously recorded songs -- "Misfit", "Let it Go," and "Falling into Heaven" -- are featured here with entirely new arrangements. "Misfit," the title song of Roper's 2011 CD, is done here in a jazz/blues style-- drums with brushes, acoustic bass, and a bluesy violin by Ermisch. Roper even adds a short guitar solo-- his only one on the record. "Let it Go", from Roper's first DIY demo album, "Some Songs I Wrote," is performed here in a more aggressive style, with Daren Hahn's 4-on-the-floor cajon, Brian Hunter's electric bass, and a downright evil violin part and sizzling solo by Ermisch. The new version of "Falling into Heaven" eschews its former layered electric guitars in favor or Roper simply finger-picking an acoustic guitar, with a minimal and mellow violin part by Ermisch.

Denver photographer and singer-songwriter Scott McCormick designed the CD artwork. "I still believe," Roper said, "that there are other people besides me who want something visually interesting to look at when they're listening to the music. And I think Scott captured the lyrical themes well with his design."


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From Jeffrey Sisk

of The Daily News
Hi Folks, Rob here. The following is a review by Jeffrey Sisk of The Daily News:
Singer/songwriter Rob Roper impressed with last year's "Misfit" release, an album where as much attention was paid to the visuals (cover art, booklet info, etc.) as there was to the 10 stellar songs that made up the record. Latest release "The Other Side of Nowhere" is all about the music, with four new originals, a stellar cover and new arrangements of three previously-released tunes. Roper sounds terrific here, with "Sea of Hope," the title track, and "The Man in the Movies" the best of the new songs. His cover of Timmy Riordan's "Trouble on the Way" is a delight, as are the newly-arranged renditions of "Misfit" and "Let it Go." It's time you got to know Rob Roper.

Millie Phillips

Excellent new release
This is a great new CD. The more I play it; the more I like it. As usual, Rob Roper tells the stories of those of us who will never be be rich or famous; stories of failure, struggle, dreams, and modest victories, often with wry humor and an unsentimental, hard-earned hopefulness. The acoustic arrangements are quite different from the electric band-based ones on his previous CD Misfit. Both styles are just as good, and this CD has the added treat of featuring some amazing violin playing by Paul Ermisch. I especially like the country-style title song and The Man in the Movies, a deceptively simple ode to failed love with a haunting cello accompaniment. Highly recommended!

Nancy Farmer

Two Thumbs UP!!!
Stuck in stop and go traffic on an icy road with bad news on the radio, I switched the car stereo to Rob Roper's newest CD "The Other Side of Nowhere". The uplifting strains of “Sea of Hope” came floating from the speakers and it changed everything for the rest of my commute. Suddenly, I felt hopeful instead of mired in negativity. Rob Roper’s music has a tendency to do that – to take you from one space into another, from despair into hope, or the other way around. On this latest CD, each song is a vignette that places you inside the mind and heart of the writer, or at least the character he has created. The title cut is an invitation to leave behind what think you can or cannot do, a challenge to excel. “Let’s Go To the Mountains” is a wistful attempt to reconnect with what was good about a relationship that went awry. Sound familiar? “Man In the Movies” is, as another reviewer noted, a tiny gem – nothing extraneous, only the absolute essence of the story. The one cover song, Timmy Riordan’s “Trouble On The Way” gets stuck in my head on a regular basis. Mr. Roper knows how to pick ‘em!
As for knowing how to pick ‘em, his partnership with classically trained Paul Ermisch on the violin elevates the folk/Americana flavor of the music to something really unique that grabs your attention and holds it. All of the musicians on this album add something – there is nothing extraneous here, just really good music. The 3 re-recorded tunes from previous CD’s all have a new and different twist from the originals. Check out the original versions on “Misfit” and “Some Songs I Wrote” available on his website, www.robroper.com