Matt Hopper, April 11, Bouquet 

Matt Hopper is an intelligent, well-spoken guy who doesn't like to talk on the phone (except to call his mother once a week back home in Alaska). The 28-year-old says because he's made so many friends in the cities he plays, he's usually busy the minute he hits town. When asked if he gets lonely being on the road so much, Hopper says he doesn't mind the long hours driving. "I'm not at all bothered by the solitude," he says laughing. "Honestly, it's the only time I have alone."

Hopper's soulful singing and songwriting are the perfect complement to the life of a troubadour. His dreamy 2004 EP, Gold Rush, and the tour that followed that seemed to serve as the impetus for his most recent stretch as a road warrior. Hopper says he recorded Gold Rush in his apartment in L.A., right before he went on tour.

"The tour was booked and I realized, 'What am I doing? It's suicide to go on tour without merch.' So, I did [the entire EP] in two days ... I've been on tour since then."

Over the years, he's considered taking a few months off, getting a regular job and beefing up his bank account, but has garnered enough of a following to make a decent-enough living as a musician, and he's now out of debt. Hopper gets home to Alaska when he can, takes time to record when he's ready (he spent six weeks in Boise recording 2007's Reverse Odyssey) and spends time with friends when time allows. But it's not long before the traveling minstrel is back out on the highway, headed to the next show.

With Johnny Liszak, Ryan Sampson and guests, 9 p.m., $3. The Bouquet, 1010 Main St., 208-345-6605.

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