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Jeff Pevar finds his calling

Fans can bank on hearing a whole lot more of the Rogue Suspects this spring and summer. The band is finishing up a full-length CD on its independent label, Suspicious Music, and has scheduled a slate of regular gigs at clubs including the Jefferson State Pub and Louie's Bar and Grill.

The Rogue Suspects, along with Jeff Pevar and Inger Jorgensen, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Jefferson State Pub, 31B Water St., Ashland.

The regular band features Greg Frederick on bass, Dean Angermier on keys, Gary Keeny on drums and Dirk Price on guitar. Guitarist Pevar and vocalist Jorgensen join the performance Saturday.

"Everyone is writing feverishly right now," says Frederick. "The CD will include new, original songs and will be available online and at local music stores."

"But the most fun for the Suspects is playing with Jeff," Frederick says. "He's really raised the bar for us professionally."

Pevar brought more than his guitar to the table when he began sitting in with the Suspects. He's worked as a professional musician since the 1980s, touring and recording with artists such as Rickie Lee Jones, James Taylor, Joe Cocker and Phil Lesh. He was a member of CPR, a band featuring David Crosby and James Raymond — Crosby's son. CPR recorded four albums and is the subject of "CPR: Through the Music," a documentary featuring the band's 1998 debut performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival that includes interviews with the three musicians.

See www.pevar.com to find out more about Pevar, his recordings and his history.

Pevar settled in the Rogue Valley about two years ago, and lately he's been doing session work with various artists at his studio in Talent and less national touring.

"I'm constantly working with different artists from all over the country," Pevar says. "I'm producing a record for Jazz is Dead, a group that I've toured with that plays jazz interpretations of Grateful Dead music, and I'm working on my own record."

Pevar says he enjoyed the opportunities he shared with Crosby and Raymond.

"To me, it was wonderful being part of the partnership with Crosby and his son," he says. "James and I also were invited to work on a recording with Crosby and Graham Nash, and one of my songs was sung by James Taylor. Later James and I were invited to tour with Crosby, Stills and Nash."

Pevar has been taking some time off of the road for the past couple of years.

"There's an allure to this valley," he says. "The time comes when you have to focus on your own creativity, and I thought it would help me to stop hopping from gig to gig and do some writing and recording.

"It's great to have outlets like the Suspects that allow me to get out and play in the community while I work on various projects. It's important, and it's taught me something."

"I believe it's my calling," he says.

Admission to the show at the Jefferson State Pub costs $5. Call 482-7718.

Inger Jorgensen, right, sings with fellow Rogue Suspects band members Jeff Pevar and Dirk Price. - Photo by Denise Baratta