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Trapper Schoepp co-wrote a song with Bob Dylan, in an unexpected way, and you can hear it here. (PHOTO: Valerie Lighthart)

Trapper Schoepp releases "On, Wisconsin," co-written with Bob Dylan

In November 1961, while in New York City, but before the March 1962 release of his debut LP, Bob Dylan wrote a lyric called "On, Wisconsin" that never made it to the light of day and when our own Trapper Schoepp heard about it, he decided to take a shot at finishing it.

"I just connected with it immediately," Schoepp has said. "It's so obvious. I knew immediately that I had to finish the song. I just thought it's got to be done."

Dylan's management – and, presumably, Bob himself – signed off on the long-distance "collaboration" and now the song is on Schoepp's upcoming album, "Primetime Illusion," recorded in Milwaukee and produced by Pat Sansone (Wilco, Robyn Hitchcock), due for release on Jan. 25.

"Publishing a song with Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan! – put wind in my sails," Schoepp has said, and that led to him writing dozens of new songs, which, in turn, led to "Primetime Illusion."

"I think a lot about the folk process," Schoepp has said about the Dylan track, "how things are passed down to the next generation and are reinvented and evolve. That's really important to me, to keep the spirit of what someone might consider old new.

"Dylan, in his MusiCares speech a few years ago, made the point that his role in music is simply extending the line. That's my whole M.O. as well. I want to push this music forward like my life depends on it. It's all I have."

Here's a mini-documentary about "On, Wisconsin" ...

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