with special guest Mike Viola
In 2019, Milwaukee’s Trapper Schoepp hit a songwriter’s jackpot: a co-write with Bob Dylan. And the circumstances were wildy serendipitous. On the day Dylan entered Columbia Studios in 1961 to begin recording his first studio album, he wrote a song about Wisconsin. The lyric sheet sat unseen with a former roommate, and was later unearthed and put up for auction at $30,000. Schoepp saw the story and seized the opportunity to set music to words. After Schoepp’s effort, he was granted Dylan’s approval to jointly publish the song. This 57-year-collaboration – “On, Wisconsin” – led to features in Rolling Stone and Billboard, an album called “Primetime Illusion,” and nearly a hundred international tour dates.
Mike Viola is a producer, musician, songwriter and singer. Decades into his career, Viola is cranking out more music than ever including the fan favorites; The American Egypt from 2019 and Godmuffin from 2021. His music continues to resonate with and inspire new generations of musicians and music lovers.
Viola may be best known for his work with Panic! at the Disco, Andrew Bird, Ryan Adams,Jenny Lewis and Mandy Moore, but his solo career stands on its own starting with the acclaimed records as the leader of New York based cult favorite Candy Butchers and 7 critically adored Mike Viola records. His original music has been featured on soundtracks for movies such as That Thing You Do!, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Get Him to the Greek.
A new Mike Viola album, Paul McCarthy, will be released at the top of 2023 with US/UK/EUR tour dates to follow.