Join critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Dan Bern and songwriter/author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers for a workshop for songwriters of all levels of experience and ability. The workshop is suitable for everyone from performing and recording veterans to novices who are trying songwriting for the first time. Play an instrument? Bring it! Don’t play an instrument? Don’t worry, anyone can write a song! Flex your songwriting muscles, and have a great time doing it.
A remarkably prolific songsmith, Dan Bern has released some two dozen studio albums, EPs, and live recordings since his first acclaimed Sony-distributed CD in 1997. Dan’s songs are always literary, sometimes funny, and often cinematic. And it’s not uncommon at a Dan Bern concert to see and hear fans unabashedly singing along to one song after another with no prompting from the stage. Dan Bern recordings have featured a host of artists ranging from Ani DiFranco to Emmylou Harris, and he’s devoted entire albums to baseball (Doubleheader), politics (My Country II), and little kids (2 Feet Tall). He composed over a dozen songs for the Jake Kasdan/Judd Apatow spoof-biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and wrote the title song for Jonathan Demme’s documentary Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains. Bern also composed songs that are included in the Judd Apatow film Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill.
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, the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, and author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter, recently published by Backbeat Books in an expanded second edition. A “renowned guitar teacher” (Boston Globe), he leads workshops for guitarists and songwriters and teaches in the Honors Program at Syracuse University.
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