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Almost There

by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Original acoustic music from a John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner, rooted in folk, rock, and blues. Featuring "Eight Days in January," with Rani Arbo on fiddle and harmony vocals.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Eight Days in January
4:00 $0.99
2. The Wrong Way Home
3:48 $0.99
3. Closer
3:49 $0.99
4. Don't Think That I Can Say Goodbye
4:05 $0.99
5. Almost There
4:29 $0.99
6. Enough About You (What About Me)
3:07 $0.99
7. I've Got It Here Somewhere
3:04 $0.99
8. My Bad
3:16 $0.99
9. Somehow
4:03 $0.99
10. Turn Away
3:39 $0.99
11. Proof
3:28 $0.99
12. End of the Line
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers’ songs ring true and new. Spot-on work from an American wordsmith.”—Patty Larkin

“Deft commentary…a call to be ornery but sympathetic—cautionary but optimistic.”—Kenneth Pattengale, the Milk Carton Kids

“The album of twelve songs of roots rock/blues/folk has an understated raw beauty. Every song is a winner, thick with evocative lines…strong melodies…powerful grooves…and wickedly good, subtle guitar playing…. This CD will hold you hostage.”—Minor 7th

“JPR may be the quintessential acoustic singer-songwriter, but he colors with a full palette of folk, rock, blues, and soul.”—NYS Music

Almost There is my fifth solo album, but it feels like my debut. This album has some of the best songs I’ve ever written, recorded with a stellar acoustic band, and I’m thrilled to share it with you.

More than any other album I’ve made, Almost There tells a story—about shaking off the past, remaking yourself, and moving forward while accepting and even embracing where you are.

Stylistically, some of the songs lean toward country/folk, while others have a rock and blues feel, as well as touches of soul and even bossa nova. Honestly, I never think about this stuff when I write. I am obsessed with guitar grooves, chord progressions, and the ways that words entwine with melodies. This much I can say for sure: the music is 100 percent acoustic, handmade, and heartfelt.

Here are the great musicians who join me on Almost There.

Rani Arbo plays fiddle on two songs and sings harmony on the opening track, “Eight Days in January.” Rani’s band—Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem—has been an inspiration to me, and it’s an honor to have her on this album.

Josh Dekaney plays a one-of-a-kind percussion kit and adds backup vocals too. He can do it all—country, classical, jazz, rock, samba—and he has performed with Aretha Franklin and with Glenn Kotche of Wilco. Josh has been playing with me for five years, and we made the album Stop, Drop, and Roll together.

Wendy Ramsay contributes a tremendous range of sounds to this album. She sings and plays flute, clarinet, accordion, and glockenspiel (and occasionally hula-hoops during our shows). She’s also a gifted songwriter, and she cowrote the music to the song “Almost There” with me.

John Dancks, on upright bass, is a much-loved figure on the music scene around Central New York—he’s an official hall of famer and MVP of countless bands. He locks in beautifully with the acoustic guitar and percussion.

Jason Fridley plays saxophone on the album closer, “End of the Line,” bringing a lovely touch of Stan Getz to his solos.

As for me, I sing and play my Manzer acoustic guitar as well as Strumstick (on “Eight Days in January”) and a nearly century-old tenor banjo (on “The Wrong Way Home”).



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