Brand New Heart
Old friends and fellow musicians Evan Purcell and Michael Shinn formed The Prairie Dogs in the winter of 2002. Evan and Michael had known each other and played together in bands for over a decade when they decided to combine forces to record and perform their new original material. The initial idea was to create an intimate setting with acoustic instruments and simple arrangements in order to highlight the music and lyrics of their songs. The format also created space for vocal harmonies and melodies that had been difficult to create in the rock bands they had played in the past. Later that year a friend and colleague of Mike's, Bass player Dave Stolier, joined the band and the core of the group was formed. They spent the next months working on arrangements and performing in small coffee shops in Tacoma creating new music and developing the band's distinctive sound. Feeling the need for percussion another old friend and fellow musician, Drummer Doug Mackey, joined The Prairie Dogs and the band was complete. After many months of creative work, recording and performing, The Prairie Dogs release their first full length CD: Brand New Heart.