The Prairie Scholars | The Wasteland Ramble

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The Wasteland Ramble

by The Prairie Scholars

Husband and wife team create aggressive and lyrical West Texas Soul music.
Genre: Country: Progressive Country
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1. Meet the Prairie Scholars
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2. I Feel You
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3. Horse Thief
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4. Twenty-Six Grand a Year
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5. If I Were a Demon
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6. This Guitar
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7. More Than a Lover
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8. Flatland Farmers
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9. Damage
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10. So Cold
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11. This Is the End
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The Prairie Scholars in The Wasteland Ramble:

The husband and wife team Andy and Jessica Eppler deliver another volume of work as The Prairie Scholars with their new collection entitled "The Wasteland Ramble". This collection is more experimental than their last album "Strangers in The Modern Era" and yet takes special care to pay homage to classic American folk music along the way. These songs feature arrangements which showcase The Prairie Scholars on their main instruments (Andy on guitar and Jessica on piano) with a thumping, grooving backing band also played by Andy and Jessica. The songs are decidedly country but with a very specific approach. The Prairie Scholars write what they call “West Texas Soul Music”. The music is area specific in character and couldn’t come from anywhere else. There is a desperation and loneliness mixed into the catchy, lyrically driven tunes. The mood is upbeat and positive for the most part on “The Wasteland Ramble” and The Prairie Scholars are seemingly hitting their gritty, funky and classy stride. They address ideas such as religion, the love between man and guitar, love from different perspectives, the inevitability of death and the end of the world.


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Robert Zilli

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The secret to successful new music is to plagiarize just enough to lend familiarity while adding your own special twist to install a sense of originality. On their third album "The Wasteland Ramble", The Prairie Scholars pull it off with flying colors.

Offering up such a blend of styles I had to look up what they called it themselves, this album has roots in such diverse forms that you are reminded of everything from Steve Earle to Stevie Wonder. This is not to say that the twosome is melodically all over the place. Somehow that special Scholars touch melds its all together, making for a highly listenable, ever changing free flow of what I can only think to classify as alt-rock-country-folk.

Lyrically the duo is structured, focused and clever. Whether the songs seem to have been written by Andy Eppler or wife Jessica (no credits are listed), each tune is well crafted and creates a foundation that is exceptionally built upon by the performance herein.

As all eleven selections are vital, there is little to prey upon. Conversely, "Flatland Farmers" is far and away the strongest track. As good as it gets in all aspects. Be not weary though, everything here is a standout.

As I reserve five stars for championing efforts like Rubber Soul and London's Calling, I nonetheless wholeheartedly give this effort four stars. The Prairie Scholars have arrived. The question is, are you ready for them?