Who are The Prairie Scholars?
The Prairie Scholars: Husband and wife team, Andy and Jessica Eppler perform together blending Andy’s poetic Texas folk with Jessica’s driving and haunting rock melodies. Honest, aggressive and passionate The Prairie Scholars document in their music a journey out of the flatlands and into the shadowy 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 hometown. Soon the two were married and began producing material. Andy released four solo albums (There is No Underground 2007, Dark Places 2008, Disease in the Heartland 2009, Long and Lonesome Way 2011), which gained him not only a hearty following of keen thinkers and art lovers but also glowing international reviews. Jessica performed in the band Clandestine Amigo in venues all over the south plains and finally released a live recording in 2009 (Clandestine Amigo). They began recording and performing together in 2010 as 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) and Wasted Tracks (2013).
The Prairie Scholars are active supporters of their local community and are proud to make their home on the Front range of Colorado.