Robert Pepper was born in Chicago and attuned to the blues genre at an early age. The first concert he ever saw — with his mom — at 10 years old was Bo Diddley and Chaka Khan at the Chicago Theater. He has also had the pleasure of seeing Albert King (twice), Albert Collins, BB King, Ronnie Earl, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Anson Funderburg, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan (twice), Luther Tucker, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, John Lee Hooker, George “Harmonica” Smith, Lee Oskar, Muddy Waters, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, Willie Dixon, Johnny Copeland, Lefty Dizz, Johnny Winter (thrice), Duke Robillard, Roy Rodgers, Doyle Bramhall II, Charles Brown and a few others.
Robert is also a musician (self-taught) and has played guitar for over 30 years. He’s played the blues at several venues in Boston and Chicago, with Junior Wells, Louis Myers, Lefty Dizz, Magic Slim, The Black Lone Ranger, Muddy Waters Jr., John Primer, BB Odom, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Christian and the Chicago Playboys and Bernard Allison.
Public radio has always carried the blues genre torch. Robert was heavily influenced by Mae Cramer’s (RIP) blues show on WGBH in Boston. The music she played inspired Robert to become a better blues musician and to host a blues show, himself.
Robert moved to Alaska 24 years ago. He has played blues guitar and lap steel in Alaska with several bands. He loves his wife, kids, dogs, Alaska and public radio!