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Vignettes: Union Suit Rally

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As the band claims on their own Facebook page, Union Suit Rally’s 2016 EP, W.W.P, is a “a raw, layered blend of country, blues and rock.”  It’s an apt summary.  Ranging from catchy and up-tempo tracks such as “Right in the Middle” and “Bluebilly” to the slower paced tunes such ...

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Vignettes: The Indiana Boys

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Theirs is a sound that sneaks up on you.  A melody becomes a vague feeling you’ve never quite shaken and congeals as a memory culled from deep in your mind.  Lots of bands can entertain.  Few can hypnotize.  Granted many of The Indiana Boys’ tunes lend themselves a good deal ...

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Go West, Old Man

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Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of National Road Magazine, the NRM staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site. It’s just before midnight on Sunday of ...

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Winter House: Chapter 7

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Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Seven Three Days After Wikvaya Left Camp Wicasa sat with his legs crossed. Around him were other tribal leaders. In the center of their council, a small fire burned. The air, despite being out under the stars, tasted foul. Something was ...

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Cooler Than Corn and Cars

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by Alexandra Weliever Editorial Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of National Road Magazine, the NRM staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site. Indiana is like the ...

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Brandon Tinkler’s Great Experiment

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by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Brandon Tinkler Tiny Planets photo by Travis Glick Maybe it’s presumptuous to say that Brandon Tinkler is trying something revolutionary with his sophomore album Open up Your Eyes.  Granted, both Billy Joel and the Stray Cats have tried to mimic that hollowed-out, high-string rock-and-roll ...

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Road Mode: David Goodier’s Excellent Adventure

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by Mark Wright photos courtesy of David Goodier Saturday, September 9, 2017, was a whirlwind of a day for David Goodier.  Terre Haute’s 36-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist/soundman/recording artist/bandleader/open-mic-host/you-name-it was about to lead his own band onto the main stage at the Blues at the Crossroads Festival in Terre Haute, unpack a shipment ...

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Friday Cover Blog: The Second Stream Covers

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Red Wanting Blue front-man, Scott Terry, described his band’s national presence as such: “When I look at our work, all our friends, and the people in the other bands…it almost seems as if there’s two streams which every now and then touch each other, but most of the time they ...

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Rick Michael’s Tunes Around Town

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Rick’s rundown for a busy week in late June– Monday, June 25, 2018 Open Mic featuring Participants of the Global Musician Workshop / Swizzle Stick 5:00 to 6:00 Acoustic Open Mic with Jack Gibson / Swizzle Stick 7:00 to 9:00 Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Open Mic featuring Participants of the ...

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Find Your Own Tractor

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Last month I gave this address to the graduating class at Greencastle High School–the place where I have largely defined myself for over two decades.  I hesitated to share this for a couple of big reasons: One, the awkward and glaring narcissism (but then I thought ¯\_(ツ)_/¯…everyone thinks that of ...

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More Than a Barista in Training

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by Alexandra Weliever Public Domain Photo courtesy of Max Pixel I knew switching my major from engineering to creative writing would raise a few eyebrows. I just wasn’t aware that some people would take my decision so personally. “But what are you going to do with that? What can a degree ...

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For the first time since the IBM days, staying in town is now a viable option for an enjoyable night out.  All we have to do is not screw it up. On a frigid November evening, days ahead of Thanksgiving, the auto-technician servicing my car walked into the waiting room ...

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Chris White’s Well-Earned Moment

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Caitlin Fogle Like a lot of winding back routes in western Indiana, Baker’s Camp Road cuts through thick copses of sycamore, oak, and poplar.  Wide enough for two passing vehicles, it’s a road best traveled alone.  Sit in the middle.  Straddle the crown of the ...

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A Plug for the Local Car Show

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I’m 23 years old, and I drive a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle. I suspect that this wouldn’t strike many as being all that odd on its face. Some of you probably had a Volkswagen as your first car. Maybe it was a little older; maybe it was, in fact, a ’74. ...

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