A litte about the folks behind Prairie Hymnal:
Jon Stone - Jon’s musical roots have their beginnings in an early penchant for the now-lost art of the lip-sync. Starting in Logan, Utah with a 1984 neighborhood performance of Genesis’ Invisible Touch it just kept getting more epic. Jon played guitar in actual bands in high school and college, at first perfecting Cure, Violent Femmes, and Weezer covers and later recording three DIY records of original material with the tragically overlooked pre-indie Tucson band Only Anything. Now, to his former band-mates’ horror, he’s learning clawhammer banjo and idolizes Pete Seeger. In his free time, Jon’s a doctoral student in the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois where he studies the rhetorics of sound, music, and culture. His writing and occasional photography and videography have appeared in several online publications including Muzzle of Bees and American Songwriter. You can find him on twitter at @jwstone.
Cody Caudill – Cody’s musical wayfaring can be traced back to the muddy banks of the Sacramento River. It was there in California, within the fertile valley that stretched from waterway to the base of the world’s smallest mountain range, that Cody first discovered the art of contradiction. Much like the meandering tributary, his path was never certain or predictable. At a young age he was often found listening to artists like Aretha Franklin, the Beach Boys, Hank Williams Jr, and Tupac, all the while driving tractors or pruning his family’s walnut trees. Later on in college he began writing creatively and making music as a member of Harlowe and the Great North Woods. He is currently a graduate student in the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois, a writer for Smile Politely, and a California native still trying to make sense of this thing called the middle. You can find him on twitter at @CodyJCaudill.
Dan Bergren – Dan began his musical adventures at the tender age of 9, when all it took was a growly, larger-than-life double bass to pique his interest. Since then Dan has channeled his energies through various genres in the form of symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, indie bands and musical theatre pits. When he isn’t making music, Dan tends to design software for money, write in a blog for reflection, or create mathematics for recreation. You can find Dan on Twitter at @HeyMrBass if that’s your cup of tea.