Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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August 30, 2013

Teen brings bands to Batesville


One of the concerts showcased all Christian music. PowelI observes, “It amazed me that he got kids that would come to a show like that. One band from quite a ways away – they were awesome,” hanging out and talking with Powell and an employee. “You just don’t see that these days. You get a good hope for the future when you run into kids like that.”

Powell and Prunty are e-mailing back and forth about future shows.

Meanwhile, the senior is busy with school and his latest alternative band, Home For Vacation. The guitarist enjoys creating music with three BHS juniors, pianist Peter Heil, bassist Christian Hopkins and drummer Stanley Fryman. “We do a lot of acoustic stuff, too.” At a recent Walhill Farm date, they played a mix of originals and covers, including “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran.

He’s especially proud of Home For Vacation’s original tune “Count.” According to Prunty, “I wrote the words, Peter wrote the music.” The soft piano and guitar piece “is about a person in a relationship who pays attention to the smaller details: ‘You count the days, I’ll count the heartbeats, you count the miles, I’ll move the inches, you forget the hours, I remember the seconds.’ It’s kind of a sad song. At the end, it says everyone deserves a second chance. We like to write songs you can relate to.”

The Cleveland native, who has lived in Batesville since first grade, says, “We got offered to play at Thompson House in Newport (Ky.),” but the group usually performs around here. “I just want to be prepared.”

The only child of Bill and Cindy Prunty began playing music with the encouragement of former band director Adam Kruse, first a saxophone in fourth and fifth grades. He switched to guitar when Kruse offered “really nice” after school guitar classes. “I play drums, but not well.”

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