Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist
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.” —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 Leonard Cohen to Liz Phair and the Violent Femmes. Based in upstate New York, the band creates an extraordinarily varied sound with acoustic instrumentation and a rich vocal blend.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers has combined his twin passions for words and music into a multifaceted career as a musician, author, and teacher. He is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, and author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter and other books.
Wendy Sassafras Ramsay (the Unstoppables, Starting Off Red) studied clarinet at Crane School of Music, and artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, They Might Be Giants, the Violent Femmes, and Liz Phair inspired her to write songs. Along with her famously quirky originals, she contributes sublime vocal harmonies as well as flute, clarinet, accordion, and guitar.
A Texas native who’s steeped in Brazilian music, Josh Dekaney plays a one-of-a-kind hybrid percussion/drum kit. He’s a professor of percussion at Syracuse University and a busy performer, with credits including Aretha Franklin, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, Pete Cetera, and Mary Fahl.
Joining this core trio at select shows is Jason Fridley, a jazz-trained multi-instrumentalist who anchors the band on bass and also cuts loose on alto saxophone.
The dynamic range and improvisational power of the full band is captured on the new album Live and Listening. Below is a sampler of live videos.
Quartet live at the 443, May 2019
Trio live at the 2018 Turtle Hill Folk Festival