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After break, Matt Pryor back to songwriting

After break, Matt Pryor back to songwriting

During the sweltering months of this past summer, Matt Pryor realized he was completely burnt out from writing and touring as a singer-songwriter.

This breaking-point (or as he facetiously describes it, his "come-to-Jesus moment") makes sense when you remember he and his most famous band — pop-punk pioneers the Get Up Kids — released their debut album, "Four Minute Mile," in 1997.

So Pryor, a 34-year-old stay-at-home dad living in Lawrence, Kansas, explored his other interests. He loves cooking and grows his own food, so he worked the line at a "hippie food truck." His friends own an organic farm, so Pryor made $8 per hour picking vegetables. It...