Jefferson Pepper | Christmas in Fallujah

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Christmas in Fallujah

by Jefferson Pepper

Combining roots rock, alt-country, punk, folk and bluegrass, Americana artist Jefferson Pepper inhabits an eclectic territory all his own.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Christmas in Fallujah
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2. M-16
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3. Bethlehem, PA
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4. Interstate Highway
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5. Stranded
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6. Back To 1999
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7. Christmas Tree
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8. Deceived
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9. Soldier's Joy
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10. Why?
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11. Armageddon For Sale
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12. This Land Is Your Land
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13. Little Boy Falling
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14. Plastic Illuminated Snowman
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jefferson Pepper has been writing poignant songs about the American experience for more than twenty years but it wasn't till 2005 that he released his debut album, 'Christmas in Fallujah.' Growing up in a blue-collar environment in rural southern Pennsylvania, he identified at an early age with working people and the uphill battles they faced. His Baptist upbringing and art school education proved to be an interesting mix of influences in his formative years. Musical mentors include Son Volt, Steve Forbert, Emmylou Harris, The Ramones, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Iris DeMent, Bad Livers, Vic Chesnutt, Whiskeytown, The Flatlanders, Talking Heads, BR549 and Johnny Cash, among others.

The debut album from Jefferson Pepper explores the darker side of the American social and political landscape with songs that are both profound and undeniably catchy. Stories are told from the vantage points of, among others, a disillusioned soldier stationed in Iraq (Christmas in Fallujah), a bloated defense contractor growing fat on the breast of the nanny-state (M-16), a regretful lover lamenting a failed relationship (Bethlehem, PA), the collective restlessness of our culture (Interstate Highway), one man's loathing of dehumanizing, homogenizing architecture and short-sighted residential planning (Stranded), an unemployed factory worker (Back To 1999), a spurned lover (Christmas Tree), a disillusioned child (Deceived), and a soldier's grieving mother (Why?). An amped-up version of Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land' puts it all into context. References range from Enron, Osama Bin Laden and Woodrow Wilson to Frank Lloyd Wright, Santa Claus and the Wizard of Oz. 'Christmas in Fallujah' is vital Americana music as a vehicle for social change.
'Christmas in Fallujah' is receiving much critical acclaim (reviews are available at www.americanfallout.com), and radio airplay (especially in Europe). The record hit # 1 on the Roots Music Report Folk radio chart, # 10 on the Top 100 Chart, #23 on the Freeform American Roots Chart and # 13 on the Euro Americana Chart.

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Dan I.

Not for the feint of heart
Jefferson Pepper should be the Country Joe McDonald for this generation. This should be the theme music for every anti-war rally for the foreseeable future. His voice may take a minute to get used to, but it's worth it. Liberals will love this CD, Conservatives should listen to it. Everyone should own it. Messages aside, the band really rocks. Great playing by everyone involved.
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Art

Stop The Presses!
Where has this guy been hiding? What did we have 40 years ago - in another war? We had "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die", "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore", "The Draft Dodger Rag" and others. The title cut is the first real literate expression of the hurt and pain of our current efforts. This SHOULD (if there is a just God) get a lot of airplay. But the CD does not stop there. Most every song approaches the holiday with eyes wide open. AND musically, it is oh so tasty!
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