Paintings of N.C. Musicians Add Character to Pepper’s Pizzeria

According to the Chapel Hill News, “You can get a slice of pepperoni with mushrooms and olives at any pizza joint. But Pepper’s Pizza in Chapel Hill offers a bonus: a North Carolina music-history lesson.”

“Just inside the restaurant’s front door, a painted outline of the state with portraits of native North Carolina musicians takes up a large expanse of wall. Seventeen notable natives are there — from Carrboro roots-rock madman Dexter Romweber to Tryon R&B singer Nina Simone, Kannapolis funk giant George Clinton to Newland jazz drummer Max Roach.”

“Scott Nurkin, who paints murals when he isn’t playing drums for the band Birds of Avalon, has been working on the art piece since before Pepper’s opened in its current Franklin Street location in 2007. It remains a work in progress, with at least a dozen portraits to come. Nurkin has partly finished portraits of Dunn guitarist Link Wray and Chapel Hill blues woman Elizabeth Cotten in his studio. Ryan Adams, Kay Kyser, Charlie Poole and Shirley Caesar are also on the way,” the story said.