2015 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist
2015 Sammy Award winner for Best Americana
“Folk music with a serrated edge… A magical blend of storytelling, driving flattop guitar, and earthy percussion.” —Andy Ellis
“Mind candy for the listener to chew on.” —Jess Novak, Syracuse New Times
“Understated raw beauty.”—Minor 7th
The Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Band plays deep-grooving acoustic rock, mixing original songs with fresh takes on songs from the Grateful Dead and Stevie Wonder to Miranda Lambert and Elvis Costello. Based in upstate New York, the band creates an extraordinarily varied sound with all acoustic instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, the band’s main songwriter and lead guitarist, is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Wendy Ramsay (the Unstoppables, the Hysterical Fits), songwriter and harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix. Sammy winner Josh Dekaney, whose credits range from Brazilian music to jazz to jam bands and appearances with Aretha Franklin and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, performs on a one-of-a-kind percussion kit. Joining this core trio at select shows is versatile bass/saxophone player Jason Fridley.
The full band is featured on the album Almost There. Below are studio tracks by the band and a sampler of live videos.