Who are The Prairie Scholars?

The Prairie Scholars, which formed in 2010, is a songwriting duet from the high plains of Texas currently living and performing in lovely Colorado. The Band is made up of husband and wife team, Andy and Jessica Eppler. Their hyper-prolific songwriting has been captured in multiple all-original albums which have received glowing reviews, both locally and internationally. With their focus on their community in Boulder County, The Prairie Scholars have worked hard to be a benefit to not only local listeners, but businesses as well, by driving tourism and out of town business into their beloved city of Longmont. The city has responded with a huge measure of support and affection especially after a recent flood which tore the city apart. The Prairie Scholars wrote and released a song which funneled all its proceeds to a Longmont charity dedicated to flood relief. The Longmont Times Call featured them in a story saying "The Prairie Scholars have been a community boosters ever since they arrived from their native Texas several years ago."

The Prairie Scholars have had the pleasure of working with and performing alongside some wonderful artists in the past few years including Butch Hancock, Paula Nelson, Chris Daniels and The Kings, The Yawpers, Spring Creek Bluegrass Band and Bonnie & the Clydes. 

Chiefly recording artists, Andy and Jessica produce all of their work from their home recording studio in their little blue house on the hill in Longmont. Andy serves as the recording engineer for the albums they regularly release every year. According to Chris Oglesby from the music website Virtualubbock, "Eppler knows how to craft an excellent song in its entirety and record it with high quality. Eppler never ceases to amaze me with the apparent facility he has with a variety of instruments and with lyric and melody writing." Combining Andy's recording talent with Jessica's intricate and powerful piano playing makes for a potent collection of great music every time. 

For booking or interviewing please contact The Prairie Scholars at jessica@andyeppler.com 

Honest, aggressive and passionate The Prairie Scholars document in their music a journey out of the flatlands and into the world in search of a home. Jessica, a Sweetwater, TX native, moved to Levelland, TX upon enrolling at South Plains College. She quickly earned the respect of her peers with her captivating songwriting and classically inspired musicality. While at school she met Andy who had also been making a name for himself as a prolific songwriter by incessant recording and performing in nearby Lubbock, his birthplace. Soon the two were married and began producing material. In 2009 they packed their bags and moved to lovely Longmont, CO. In Longmont, The Prairie Scholars found a community that was supportive and encouraging which made making the art much easier. Since moving to Longmont, The Prairie Scholars and have released several collections: Strangers in the Modern Era (2010), Live Wires (2010), The Wasteland Ramble (2012), Live Wires II (2013), Wasted Tracks (2013) and 100 Year Flood (2013).

The Prairie Scholars are active supporters of their local community and are proud to make their home on the Front Range of Colorado. 

www.prairiescholars.com

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    3rd Avenue Grill & Dickens Opera House,  Longmont
     
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Interview with The Prairie Scholars

Free Range Sessions

Andy Eppler's Traditional Christmas (entire album)

"The Kelly Boys"

"If I Were a Demon"

"Twenty-Six Grand a Year"

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