• My Guitar Teacher

    My Guitar Teacher

    Wanting to understand how all the musicians I’ve written about do what they do, I sought out a good teacher. I found a 17-year-old kid. He’s a genius, and he’s teaching me a lot more than how to move my hands across six strings.

  • Bryce Ernest Taylor’s “This is the Last Time”

    Bryce Ernest Taylor’s “This is the Last Time”

    Donovan Wheeler reviews the lead track to Bryce Ernest Taylor's 2015 record Lighter Than Air.

  • Twenty Years in Greencastle

    Twenty Years in Greencastle

    Twenty years ago I began my first year at Greencastle High School. In the two decades which have followed, both of us have changed. By and large, those changes have been for the better.

  • Railroad Ed

    Railroad Ed

    Christian Shuck's take on the Wabash Valley's efforts to keep its railway history alive.

  • Music, Religion, and Bourbon: A Chat with Black Market Vinyl

    Music, Religion, and Bourbon: A Chat with Black Market Vinyl

    Mixing a range of sounds including heavy-metal, early rock, classic rock, blues, and more… Bulwarked by sound, technical control… Arrayed with a triumvirate of hypnotic lead vocalists… Loaded with buckets of visual style… Black Market Vinyl is poised to become western Indiana’s next “must see” for the region’s local music patrons.

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My Guitar Teacher

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Wanting to understand how all the musicians I’ve written about do what they do, I sought out a good teacher.  I found a 17-year-old kid.  He’s a genius, and he’s teaching me a lot more than how to move my hands across six strings. by Donovan Wheeler The callouses on ...

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Twenty Years in Greencastle

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Twenty years ago I began my first year at Greencastle High School.  In the two decades which have followed, both of us have changed.  By and large, those changes have been for the better. My adopted home town sits on top a small knob in western Indiana.  Ten-thousand years ago, ...

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Railroad Ed

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Unless you live in Terre Haute, if you were to drive down 7th street you would not be impressed. You might look out your car window and think, “Some of these houses were beautiful at one point.” And you would be right. Like many older cities that relied heavily on ...

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Music, Religion, and Bourbon: A Chat with Black Market Vinyl

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Mixing a range of sounds including heavy-metal, early rock, classic rock, blues, and more… Bulwarked by sound, technical control… Arrayed with a triumvirate of hypnotic lead vocalists… Loaded with buckets of visual style… Black Market Vinyl is poised to become western Indiana’s next “must see” for the region’s local music ...

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Tying Time’s Knot: The Average House Band

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After a half-century of music, and a one-year hiatus, The Average House Band converges for yet another reunion gig in Greencastle: a town which has changed a great deal since the group’s early days as a band, but also a town where wisps of that past are circling back to ...

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Conversations: Antenna Man’s Mark Wolven

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Mark Wolven talks to Donovan Wheeler about the dead speaking through him, about learning to play the guitar while tripping on the central ingredient to Robotussin, and how he found his band’s name while riding a scooter through a cemetery. by Donovan Wheeler photo by Blair Hartman courtesy of Mark ...

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Four Days to Carolina, Part Two

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Part II:  This Trip is a Gas Click Here to Read Part I Apple’s map-app says that a non-stop trip from west-central Indiana to the Outer Banks takes 13 hours.  It took us four days. Sunday Afternoon:  Central West Virginia Interstate 77 carves a narrow asphalt canal through West Virginia’s ...

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From “Vahhsser” to “Wahhsser”

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Greencastle’s local brewery is an example of how local forces change language, create new words, and throw grammar books into the wood-chopper. Let’s start with a smidge of my favorite history: that of the English language.  While English does owe some of its character to the Celtic and Roman inhabitants ...

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Four Days to Carolina, Part One

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Part I: Working the “Clock” Apple’s map-app says that a non-stop trip from west-central Indiana to the Outer Banks takes 13 hours.  It took us four days. –Sunday Evening: Southern West Virginia Dad’s RV sat in an uneven side-lot, covered in chunks of gravel so large, if you stepped on ...

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