This Is Great Music: Zervas & Pepper

These guys are friends. Zervas & Pepper have a beautiful Californian, folk/country sound. To get it out of the way, yes, she (Kathryn Pepper) looks like a young Joni Mitchell and he (Paul Zervas) looks like a young James Taylor (read: with hair).

I'd seen them around for a while but met them properly when they were also nominated for a Welsh Music Prize back in 2013. If were being lazy, I could say they sound like The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac, and... yes, James Taylor. If... I were being lazy. Lots of beautiful harmonies and great musicianship. 

I haven't worked with them, so this isn't some kind of advert; I might be wrong, but I believe they've worked with Ed Lewis (producer/engineer/studio owner from Giant Wafer Studios in mid-Wales), as well as Llion Robertson and Cotton Wolf. From the results, they clearly have some great partnerships. 

To be honest, I'm confused as to why they aren't much bigger than they are. Sure, they've been played on Radio 2 (Mark Radcliffe), Radio 6Music (Lauren Lavern loves them) and are always writing, recording or touring (supporting Deacon Blue etc). Nevertheless, I think they deserve even more love and success.

Anyway, don't take my word for it, check out the music below. I hope you like it*. 

You can grab their latest album 'Abstract Heart' on iTunes or buy the CD/vinyl from their store:

You can follow them on the social media, too:

* Hoping aside, I don't think I've ever actually told them I like their music. Because, I mean, that might make them feel good, and artists don't need that kind of aggravation in their lives.