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The Prairie Scholars / Press

“LONGMONT -- After the September flood, the local songwriter Andy Eppler was conflicted. He wanted to write a song about the disaster, but -- to use the political phrase -- he was worried about the optics. "At first I wanted to write a song and console the community in some way, but then I thought it might seem opportunistic," he said. He aired his ambivalence on Facebook, and someone commented with a suggestion that he thought was a good one. "Someone said you could donate the proceeds to the community, and that became the idea," he said. Andy and his wife, Jessica, are known as The Prairie Scholars, a duo, and lately a full band, from Longmont that plays throughout the region. The couple, full-time musicians, didn't lose property in the flood, but they know musicians who did, and they lost gigs in the wake of the devastation. Jessica was moved by the community cooperation she saw after the flood. "It really was beautiful seeing so many volunteers," she said. The song Andy and Jessica”