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Dead to the Core at the Troubadour

An acoustic celebration of the Grateful DeadFeaturing Erin McKeown, Natalia Zukerman, and host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers with Wendy Ramsay Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m.Troubadour Acoustic Music Series at the Folk Project, Morristown NJ Tickets Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, led by musician/author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, with a shared...

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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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