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"If I had to say who I think is the most important artist in music today I would, without a moment's hesitation, say Jefferson Pepper. The man is a genius...Early comparisons to greats such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young were well founded...This Pennsylvanian is, at this moment in time, getting his message across in his music better than anyone else." Malcolm Carter, Pennyblack Music (UK)

Jefferson's writing is excellent, thought provoking and original...All considered, lyrically this could easily be one of the strongest CDs to be released (this year)." Cashbox Magazine (US)

"Pepper's intelligent lyrics are matched by strong melodic tunes with memorable choruses...highly original contemporary Americana." Phil Suggitt, Shindig Magazine (UK)

"An impressive and thoughtful project..." Mike Davies, NetRhythms (UK)

"Amazingly well-crafted..." The Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland)

"His understanding of a wide variety of music genres and subgenres make him as much of a patriot as his opinions." Tom Geddie, Fort Worth Weekly (US)

"There are too many highlights to give any of the seventeen songs on Volume 1 prominence over others, but if Volumes 2 and 3 maintain the same level of quality, 'American Evolution' deserves to become one of the most remarkable releases of the year, and possibly the century so far...the very definition of Americana." David Innes, Rock N Reel Magazine (UK)

"One of the better lyricists of our present time." Eduardo Izquierdo, Sonicwave (Spain)

"10 out of 10...One of the reasons Jefferson Pepper is emerging as such a potent force is that he writes brilliantly when addressing the personal as well as the political." Tim Peacock, Whisperiin and Hollerin (Ireland)

"What really sets Pepper apart from the much maligned mainstream (country) genre is the quality of the lyrics." Alan Martin, AllGigs (UK)

"An expansive concept that undoubtedly contains something for everyone...Pepper is a skilled lyricist who manages to pull off with relative ease what would be a mind-blowing concept to many." Neal Parsons, The Skinny (Scotland)

"It is worth your time if you like your good ole boys blessed with a brain and a pedal steel guitar." Paul Pledger, AllGigs (UK)

"As music projects go, Jefferson Pepper's latest set of releases is a magnificent achievement in concentrated yet voluminous output...If there is a record which will stand the test of time and encapsulate the uneasiness with which Americans live with their own politics and religion, this should be it." Soundfires (UK)

"I have a thing about admiring people that set out on ambitious creative projects with an over-hanging purpose. Jefferson Pepper is truly embracing that vision." Anders Svendsen, Luna Cafe (Norway)

"One of the first things that strikes you about Pepper's music is not only how timeless it sounds, but how modern it is while drawing so heavily on the past...American Evolution is a phenomenally intelligent album, dressing up it's protest songs in music so beautiful you can't resist, feeding you it's politics in a cup of honey rather than shoving them down your throat." Jenni Cole, MusicOMH (UK)

Listen and buy American Evolution now at CD Baby

Click here to see the new Jefferson Pepper video of 'This Land is Your Land' on writer John Wallingford's blog 'Uncle Sam's Backyard'. John has been wandering the highways and byways of America, collecting amazing stories of the people and places he finds along the way. He is a fantastic writer and observer of the human condition. We're pleased that he put this video together. We think you'll like it too.


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Click here for more info on 'American Evolution'.

Fifty new, original songs, Three CDs. Five hundred years of cultural evolution. American Evolution is the story of America...past, present and future. How did America become the country it is? Where have we been? Where are we going? Inspired in part by Howard Zinn's landmark book 'A People's History of the United States' as well as the Dover Intelligent Design trial (Kitzmiller vs Dover School Board) which played out in his backyard, American Evolution tells the story of America through the eyes of working people, the "common" folks who have made this country great. It is a very different America from the one we learned about in history class and the one we see on Fox News. Volumes 1 and 2 are out now. Volume 3 will be released this fall.

View the YouTube video for Jefferson Pepper's 'Christmas in Fallujah' below.

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July 30, 2012

We are creating a Jefferson Pepper page on Stay tuned for details.

July 21, 2012

American Evolution Volume 3 is slated for release on December 21, 2012.

January 30, 2009

Reviewer Malcolm Carter of Pennyblack Music (UK) picks Jefferson Pepper's American Evolution Volume 2 as his 2008 album of the year and American Evolution Volume 1 as the # 4 album of the year! A big thanks to Mr. Carter!

September 23, 2008

Jefferson Pepper will be playing at the Little Buffalo Festival at 4:00 PM, Saturday October 4th. More info is available at: www.littlebuffalo


June 10, 2008: 'American Evolution Volume 2' is currently # 11 on the Euro Americana Chart

February 1, 2008:

'American Evolution' debuts at # 9 on the Euro Americana Chart!

January 22, 2008

American Evolution Volume 1 has been officially released!

December 11, 2007

Jefferson Pepper's 'Christmas in Fallujah' video is up on YouTube.

December 4, 2007

Hmmm...Billy Joel has a new's called 'Christmas in Fallujah'...not Jefferson Pepper's 2005 song, in case you were wondering. Mr. Joel wrote the song in the past month. It was recorded by 21 year old, fellow Long Island singer Cass Dillon. The song is available on iTunes today.

September 18, 2007

Mixes of Jefferson Pepper's American Evolution volume 1 have been completed and will be sent to the manufacturer. Volumes 2 and 3 will be completed by the end of 2007. Tentative release date for volume 1 is January 21, 2008.

April 10, 2007

Jefferson Pepper has been holed up all winter in his home studio in Pennsylvania, working on his next release, 'American Evolution'. The project will be released in early 2008 and will include 3 cd's with fifty new original songs. On 'American Evolution' Pepper holds up a mirror to America and focuses in on harsh realities experienced by the proletariat. Stay tuned for more info in the coming months

November 10-11, 2006

American Fallout hosts showcases at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in Monticello, NY.

October 20, 2006

Jefferson Pepper and the Varmints in Heaven play at the first annual Dewey Beach Americana Festival in Dewey, Delaware.

October 10, 2006

We are thrilled to report that two Jefferson Pepper songs were selected for inclusion on NEIL YOUNG's website. M-16 is currently at # 143 and Christmas in Fallujah is currently at # 154, on Neil's Top 600 chart. Check them out at

Artists announced for American Fallout's Showcase at the 2006 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference taking place in New York. FRIDAY, November 10: 11:30 PM: Jefferson Pepper and friends (Harrisburg, PA), 12:20 AM: Jon Shain (Durham, NC), 12:45 AM: Mikki Brisk (Burbank, CA)

SATURDAY, November 11: 11:30 PM: Jefferson Pepper and friends, 12:30 AM: Jan Seides (Austin, TX), 1:00 AM: Amy Speace (New York, NY)

September 22, 2006

American Fallout represented at the Americana Music Association conference in Nashville, TN.

August 8, 2006

Jefferson Pepper and the Varmints in Heaven play a show to an enthusiastic crowd at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. This year's Musikfest was attended by 1.4 million people, according to the Musikfest website.

January 17, 2006

Jefferson Pepper's Christmas in Fallujah hits # 1 on the Roots Music Report Folk chart.