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 (for the song Fly), a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered, and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Based in upstate New York, he performs solo, with the duo Pepper and Sassafras, and with a full acoustic band (featured on the album Almost There).
Rodgers' album Dead to the Core features solo acoustic arrangements of Grateful Dead songs, and he teaches how to play those songs in a best-selling video series from Homespun Music Instruction. His books include The Complete Singer-Songwriter, recently published in an expanded second edition, and the guitar instructional guide Beyond Strumming.