For the past 4 years I've been accompanied by Paul Ermisch on violin, and a year ago, Sam Caston joined us on hand drums. I thought we should have a bandname, to reflect the contribuions of Paul and Sam to the musical performances of my songs. Also, I always was getting tired of typing "Rob Roper accompanied by Paul Ermisch on violin and Sam Caston on percussion". If nothing else a band name would be shorter. And, in fact, the new band name is just one word. Our acoustic trio is now "Scupanon".
You're probably wondering a) what does "Scupanon" mean? and b) how do you pronounce it?
Scupanon is a type of grape, indigenous to the southeast United States. Sam suggested it. He grew up in northeast Mississippi, and used to pick the wild grapes and eat them. People there also make jelly out of the grapes. And wine. You may also find it spelled "scuppernong".
"Scupanon" is pronounced with the accent on the first syllable, with a short u sound, as in "cup". The a in the second syllable has an "uh" sound. The last syllable is like "on". So SCUP-uh-non.
We kicked around a few ideas but settled on Scupanon. Hope you like it.
Musically, nothing has changed. No, we're not going to become a southern rock band. Scupanon is still me on acoustic guitar singing my songs, with Paul on violin and Sam on percussion. But... this has inspired me to write some new songs, with Paul and Sam's special talents in mind. And we might write some songs together. We might add an upright bass player. Just having a band name has stimulated new energy. We'll see what happens.
A scupanon website will be developed soon. For now, shows will continue to be listed on this website.
What about this website, robroper.com? This site will change. I'm now writing songs and composing music for about 5 different bands or projects. This site will have information about all the projects I'm involved in, and links to the other band websites. I'm very excited about the future. So please stay in touch.
--Rob March 3, 2014