Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is an extremely prolific contributor to all aspects of the music business. As a musician, writer, and editor, Rodgers has found an abundance of success through his published articles, full length CD’s, and books. Rodgers is also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and has interviewed rock legends such as Jerry Garcia and Elvis Costello. Furthermore, Rodgers teaches courses on songwriting and magazine editing at Syracuse University. He has also started a songwriter concert series and the Words and Music record label. Rodgers was a 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Lennon Award winner in the Country category for his song “Fly.”
Heavily influenced by the musical style and direction of the Grateful Dead, Rodgers decided to begin incorporating some of their classic compositions into his live performances. These performances inspired the recording of “Dead to the Core,” a stripped down, acoustic album of Grateful Dead Covers. In addition to the LP, Rodgers taped “Learn Seven Grateful Dead Classics for Acoustic Guitar” (Homespun Tapes), with instruction on how to play all of the songs on the album, plus “Friend of the Devil.” The DVD is due for an August, 2010 release.