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Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids on Almost There

At first glance, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers' Almost There appears steeped in the tradition of the narrative song—and framed through the lens typical of that tradition. But upon further inspection you’ll notice an immediacy and relevance to the contemporary human experience that often escapes our brethren who utilize the same framework. Where that utility meets the...

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“Understated raw beauty”: Minor 7th reviews Almost There

"If you've ever doubted that music creates happiness, this top-notch CD will quash your reservations: Almost There will raise even the darkest spirits, even when the lyrics depict life's sadness. You will be compelled, as Pepper Rodgers, a triple threat as singer, guitar player, and lyricist, sings on jaunty 'Eight Days in January': 'I come...

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“Mind candy for the listener”: Almost There review

"Singer, songwriter, musician, and music journalist Rodgers is clever in his songwriting on Almost There. While on one side he is ultimately revealing, he also does well to dwell on the universal themes beneath the personal stories, finding the common ground between the artist and listener. Lyrics consistently turn phrases that catch a curious ear. ....

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