The Lone Prairie Sessions were recorded live at Prairie Sun Studios in February of 2021. These live performances feature some of our favorite songs by our favorite artists, including Peter Rowan, Paul Burch, and Peggy Seeger. 

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A Neanderthal Records Production

Vocals and Guitar: Avery Hellman

Mandolin: Andrew Fahlander Hellman

Bass and Harmony Singing: Scott Padden

Sound Engineer: Nate Nauseda

Mastering: JJ Golden at Golden Mastering 

When I Was Younger, I Cried

Our first song from the debut full-length record, Songs of Sonoma Mountain


Growing up, every time I’d hear a conversation about boys and girls, men and women I would just cringe—I wasn’t part of either group. At that time, I kept the pain of not belonging inside like a small sphere of heartache. I remember then hearing about the first kid from my high school coming out as non-binary, and I let that small heartache come out as tears welling in my eyes. But I wasn’t ready, and still hid the truth about who I was. As I realized I needed to share the truth about myself to be whole, I started with the person closest to me, then to my family, but what some people may not realize is that this process is not a single chance to come out, but a lifetime of sharing, explaining, and exploring the layers of gender. This choice to write and share this song is just one of those stages of coming out, and sharing my stories as a Cowbirl (combination of Cowboy and Cowgirl).

You're Dead | Norma Tanega Cover

Our first song from our cover song series s part of Songs of Sonoma Mountain


Cover of Norma Tanega's song 'You're Dead' originally released in 1966 on the album 'Walkin' My Cat Named Dog'


This live performance is from Ismay's project 'Songs of Sonoma Mountain', which includes a series of live performances of cover songs all on their family ranch on Sonoma Mountain in Northern California. This


Drums: Rob Mills

Bass: Owen Clapp

Vocals & electric guitar: Avery Hellman

Video: Pint of Soul, Dan Foldes


Our first short film by


Ismay's first short film 'Songs of the Klamath' recounts a story of hope, adventure, and loss, and the songwriting that comes for from it. After leaving college and beginning on the path to become musician, Ismay looked towards horseback travels to find purpose and inspiration. On her journey along the Klamath River, she encountered wild stallions, tragic tales, and remarkable people living and working along the Klamath River.


The final song on the film is about the story of a mustang who was on the trip, Odessa. She was born in the wild, captured by the US government when she was a year old, and then tamed and trained by an inmate in a Sacramento correctional facility. This song is written from the perspective of the inmate, and contemplates his shared experience of imprisonment with the formerly wild horse Odessa.


Filmed in the summer of 2017, this piece was produced by Pint of Soul and Ismay. 'A Song for Odessa' was written and performed by Avery Hellman.