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Syracuse winter workshops

Central New York musicians: take advantage of your indoor time this winter and sharpen your guitar playing or songwriting in these workshops led by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and author of Beyond Strumming and The Complete Singer-Songwriter (more about JPR). See...

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Spring tour with Maria Gillard and Martin Swinger

Coming soon to upstate New York... https://youtu.be/ebrXnseQyoo This tour brings together four songwriter friends—Maria Gillard, Martin Swinger, Wendy Sassafras Ramsay, and Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers—for a collaborative showcase of fresh, festive acoustic music. Thursday 4.12: Seneca Street Brew Pub, Manlius NY. Part of the Words and Music Songwriter Showcase series. Facebook event. Friday 4.13: Mission Hall, Rochester NY. More info....

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BeatleCuse 2017 poster

Re-creating the Beatles’ “Within You Without You”

In the summer of 2016, musician and producer Paul Davie contacted me and my duo partner Wendy Sassafras Ramsay about performing in his annual BeatleCuse concert—a major event involving 70 musicians from the Syracuse area and beyond. Plans for 2017 included appearances by Joey Molland of Badfinger and Hilton Valentine of the Animals, and a complete performance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely...

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Concert poster Jordan Tice Pepper and Sassafras

Grateful Dead guitar workshop and concert review

A recent tour brought me to the Berkshires to teach a workshop on Grateful Dead for Acoustic Guitar at Wood Bros. Music in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and then play a Pepper and Sassafras duo show at the historic Dewey Hall in Sheffield, on a bill with the great young bluegrass trio Jordan Tice and Horse County....

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Woodstock Invitational 2016

Songwriting workshop at Woodstock Invitational guitar festival

I'm thrilled to be returning in October to the Woodstock Invitational, an annual gathering of some of the world's best guitar makers (including Linda Manzer, builder of my most prized guitar) and more than a few brilliant players as well. I'll be covering the event for Acoustic Guitar, a festival sponsor, posting photos and checking out the dazzling display of...

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FreshGrass

Emerging at FreshGrass and Turtle Hill Folk Festival

In September, I'm thrilled to be performing with my duo partner Wendy Sassafras Ramsay—we're now officially known as Pepper and Sassafras—at two top-notch festivals. On September 10, we'll be in the Rochester, New York, area, performing in the New Voices showcase at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival along with fellow musicians Austin MacRae and John Sonntag. The following weekend brings...

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