Formed from the Edmonton music scene, Prairie Soul started performing in 1999. Originally, violinist and vocalist Sarah Card was involved in the music industry at an early age. Classically trained on the violin at her home in Grand Prairie, Alberta, her father owned a live concert sound company. After moving to Edmonton in the mid-'90s, Card met lead vocalist Cory Danyluk. Danyluk was a longtime member of the Edmonton music scene, performing with groups such as Cactus Gang and Hillbilly Wishbone. Prairie Soul performed throughout 1999 and 2000 at various Edmonton venues and folk festivals. They also opened for artists such as Gary Fjellgaard. In 2001, the band entered the studio to record its first album. Prairie Soul released its debut album, Wooden Nickel, in 2002.