Debbie Bond

Debbie Bond

DEBBIE BOND

Singer, guitar player and songwriter, Debbie Bond is Alabama's blues activist and founded the award winning Alabama Blues Project, which works to preserve Alabama blues music. Rick Asherson may be British born, but he's all Alabama blues! Playing harmonica and keyboards, Rick accompanies Debbie on tour and in recordings.

Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for more than 30 years. Her singing has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur, both of whom she cites as being influences in her music. The truth is that Debbie does it her way, playing a dynamic mix of soulful originals and covers. Her impressive musical story includes years of performing with older traditional Alabama blues musicians, including Johnny Shines, Eddie Kirkland and Willie King. Her immersion in the blues has deeply flavored her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing, yet her sound is contemporary and original.

Fiddlin' In The Parlor

Fiddlin' In The Parlor

FIDDLIN' IN THE PARLOR

Fiddlin' In The Parlor, Kenny and Suzy Spencer, are a married duo from McCalla, Alabama. Their musical style is a blend of Celtic and American folk, with a spattering of Norwegian and some Canadian for good measure! From their fun, rhythmic jigs and reels, to their hauntingly beautiful Scottish and Irish Aires, audiences are taken on a magical journey not soon forgotten.

Kenny plays fiddle, whistles and button box accordion, while Suzy accompanies on the keyboard, making for a unique "northern" style of music, as opposed to the traditionally "southern" style of string bands.

The couple have been happily married for almost forty years and have three children and grandchildren! Kenny and Suzy have been providing live music for Market customers at Pepper Place since the first farmers market season.

Marc Gunn

Marc Gunn

MARC GUNN

Marc Gunn, fondly known as "The Celtfather", is a Birmingham musician with an old-world sound. He is a rhythm and folk autoharper inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats. Marc is one of the top 5 Celtic musicians on the world's largest indie music website. Marc is an award-winning podcaster and a true Birmingham treasure!

The Martini Shakers

The Martini Shakers

THE MARTINI SHAKERS

The Martini Shakers are a Birmingham-based group seeking enlightenment from rock 'n roll's Golden Age of recorded music.

Authentic is a term frequently applied to certain bands playing music that's considered outside the tired, radio-driven mainstream, but rarely does it ring as true as it does with the Martini Shakers. These humble lads rekindle the raw and unrestrained swing of Memphis rockabilly - the way it sounded in 1955.

But a Martini Shaker's performance is by no means a kitschy '50's revue or a tribute to any one artist. Throughout each set you'll hear songs by a host of great heritage artists such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Hank Williams Sr., Eddie Cochran, Roy Orbison, and many others!

Mike Hipp

Mike Hipp

MIKE HIPP

Hipp Music is the duo act of Mike and Melissa Hipp of Pelham, Alabama. Mike Hipp has been playing music in the Birmingham area for over three decades as a solo act, with various bluegrass bands, recently on-stage with the Black Jacket Symphony, and currently with groups Over The Mountain (bluegrass/americana) and Uptown Rounders (americana).

In 2007, Mike married Melissa and soon after his solo act became a duo. Melissa plays guitar and will often serve as backup harmony to Mike. Quite often, their friend and fellow musician Dwayne Tew will join them on stage.

The Old Fashioned Rhythm Method

The Old Fashioned Rhythm Method

THE OLD FASHIONED RHYTHM METHOD

In 2011, Chuck King and Tom Dameron joined with Jason Bailey to form The Old Fashioned Rhythm Method, a unique musical trio made up of trumpet, tuba and tenor banjo. The group enjoys experimenting with different styles of music ranging from traditional New Orleans jazz, blues, and The Beatles to tunes from the 1920s.

The three members are unique in their own right. Chuck King is a music teacher, professional photographer and incredible trumpet player and vocalist. Tom Dameron is a professional artist, retired hospital pharmacist and tuba player. Jason Bailey is a professional mandolinist, composer, teacher and studio musician who is active in a number of performing groups in Birmingham, and he is considered on the best innovators of the acoustic music scene! Chuck and Tom are also charter member of The Legendary Pineapple Skinners.

The Old Paints

The Old Paints

THE OLD PAINTS

The Old Paints formed in 2013 after Breely Flower met Andy Harris at his weekly open mic. The two have played hundreds of shows together now, from Alabama to North Carolina, and all points in between. In 2016, the duo added musician Aleia Briggs to the act!

Starting with 2013's 'First Ten Songs' and 2015's follow-up 'This Machine', the Paints have written eighteen songs with plenty more on the way. Their third album will be released in late 2016. This will coincide with beginning of their Never Ending Tour in which The Paints will play 25 shows up to New York and back during July 2016.

Peanut

Peanut

PEANUT

Desiree "Peanut" Fitts has a soft, sultry voice which suits her solo performances to a tee. She has a large music repertoire spanning six decades of tunes but also performs with a larger group of musicians, specializing in upbeat, dance mixes.

Peanut has a long history with The Market at Pepper Place, playing on Saturday mornings during the early days of the market in the early 2000's. She plays both electric and acoustic guitar and sings a wide range of folk and blues tunes.

The Pine Nuts

The Pine Nuts

CHARLIE GAMBLE AND THE PINE NUTS

Charlie Gamble and The Pine Nuts is a Birmingham-based progressive bluegrass/folk band, whose music is about "good clean music for everyone", says founder Charles Gamble. You'll find Charles on the mandolin or guitar and vocals accompanied by Bill Farris on guitar and vocals, and a number of other musicians that sit in from time to time including, Jeanette Hightower on fiddle.

Charles, a native of Fort Payne, Alabama, grew up playing music in the foothills of the Appalachians. His influences and learning stemmed from his relatives Norman and Nancy Blake, later to be combined with the likes of Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan.

Charles and his wife moved to Birmingham in the early 2000's and met Bill, who would become a life long friend and music companion. Bill, a native of Birmingham, also had a love for Dylan's music, and spent a number of years performing the 70's and 80's, traveling from Washington State to Austin, Texas and point between. Eventually Bill settled back in Birmingham and started his own business.

Jeanette has been playing violin for over twenty years and is a violin teacher in the Birmingham area. Her favorite aspect of music is having opportunities to play with other people. She believes there is nothing that brings people together more than music. In line with her deep Alabama roots, Jeanette enjoys the rawness and more relaxed nature of bluegrass and folk music.

What started as Charles and Bill swapping songs and sharing their love for Dylan-esque music, developed into a weekly practice and the occasional gig. The Pine Nuts enjoy entertaining - playing for weddings, receptions, farmers markets and other community events.

Raw Jazz Trio

Raw Jazz Trio

RAW JAZZ TRIO

Based out of Birmingham, RAW Jazz Trio is composed of Ray Robinson, Andre Burnett and Byron Thomas. These versatile musicians deliver a wide variety of sounds. Their repertoire includes vintage jazz tunes as well as easy listening, smooth jazz and modern numbers. RAW Jazz Trio also loves to play a little Motown every now and then, just to keep you on your toes, along with Calypso, Bossa Nova, Samba and NEO soul. Today, RAW Jazz is more than just a trio, including several musical friends on stage at events around town!

Red Mountain White Trash

Red Mountain White Trash

RED MOUNTAIN WHITE TRASH

Red Mountain plays good-time old-time string band music. At festivals and clubs you'll hear them play high-energy dance tunes and old-timey blues, and sing songs from the earliest days of country music, when folks like the Carter Family and the Delmore Brothers were the stars. You're likely to hear a lot of impromptu humor as well!

Red Mountain's expertise as a dance band has garnered them invitations to dance festivals across the country. At dances they dip into their large repertoire of powerful contra dance medleys and driving square dance tunes. They learned many of their tunes from older fiddlers in Alabama and Tennessee, and play in a style that reflects the region in which they live.

Folks often describe Red Mountain as a wall of sound. Components of this sound are fiddle by Jim Cauthen, guitar by Joyce Cauthen, mandolin by Phil Foster, harmonica and banjo uke by Jamie Finley, and bass by Nancy Jackson.

Sonny Pritchett

Sonny Pritchett

SONNY PRITCHETT

Sonny has been playing the guitar since he was about 14, where he soon was leading sing-along's at his church and summer camp. He has been playing professionally on a part time basis for more than 25 years, and has played at The Market at Pepper Place since 2002! Sonny says playing at Pepper Place is one of the the things he most looks forward to during Birmingham summers.

Sonny covers a mix of mostly older "folkier" songs by a wide variety of artists. You can count on hearing some John Prine, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel throughout his set.

When Sonny is not playing  music, he's working in his own professional recruiting business where he specializes at identifying banking professionals for community banks throughout the state and beyond. Prior to this, Sonny had a 16 year career in human resources management in Birmingham.