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Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and Wendy Ramsay

Pepper and Sassafras

Wendy is as sassy as sassafras. Jeffrey is the antithesis of hot pepper: gentle and thoughtful. Together they stir up great musicclever, funny, and thought provoking, with an easy rapport with the audience.
—Gail Brett, Park Coffeehouse

Spicy Americana

Photo by Genevieve Fridley
Photo by Genevieve Fridley

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic acoustic duo.

Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.

Based in upstate New York, the duo was finalist for Best Duo at FreshGrass and have been featured on the public radio show Folk Alley. They've brought their energizing folk-rock style to venues around the Northeast, including Club Passim, Ripton Community Coffee House (Vermont), Stolz Listening Room (Maryland), and the Turtle Hill Folk Festival.

Jeffrey and Wendy meander comfortably from laugh-out-loud funny to beautiful love songs and rousing sing-alongs...all performed with great musicianship and goose-bump harmony.

Jim Clare, Tunes by the Tracks

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Well-written songs with agile guitar accompaniment and really sweet harmonies.

The Folk Project

New music

Duo performance on the album Live and Listening


"Side by Side" guitar and flute duet


Cheap Trick cover collaboration with the Phil Henry Acoustic Trio


It's the blend. It's the instruments. It's the ideas. It's the creativity. It's the authority. It's the flair. It's the flirting. It's the fast fingers. It's the laughing. It's the words. It's the rock. It's the folk. It's the wit. It's hard to put your finger on just what you like best about Rodgers and Ramsay.

Nancy Emrich, LilFest

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