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Remember When We Used to Smash Pumpkins?

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Some time in early March (maybe April…it could’ve been May) Alia and I sat with friends talking about bands scheduled to pass through Indianapolis over the summer. We’d just purchased tickets to go see Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty at Deer Creek, or whatever corporate entity has its name at ...

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The Charles Walker Band: Everyone is Family

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Charles Walker’s transformation from blues to funk began when the love of his life joined the band.  Now, everyone is family, and there’s plenty of love and fun to go around. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Aaron Walker and the Charles Walker Band It would be nice to think ...

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Conversations: Michael Kelsey

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by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Michael Kelsey Most of us—the casual listeners for sure—accept the notion that acoustic guitars follow a set of preordained expectations: a coffee house vibe…a folk tune from the ‘60’s…a smidge of percussive banging on the body, just a little southwest of the pick-guard…soft vocals.  ...

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Winter House: Chapter 8

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Winter House Home Page Fiction by Christian Shuck Chapter Eight July 8, 1820 Henry Harris dismounted his horse. A woman paused to look at him for only moment, then shuffled away, herding her young daughter. He took note of the side glances coming from other passersby. In all, seven men, ...

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On Leaving the Democratic Party

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Across the nation Democrats eagerly await a promising midterm election.  Instead of sharing their enthusiasm, I am walking away from the party. 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 ...

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19th Blues at the Crossroads Set for September

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by Mark Wright On Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, several thousand people and 18 bands will unite at 7th and Wabash for two days of music and fun as the Blues at the Crossroads Festival returns to Terre Haute.  Friday night’s kickoff begins at 6:00 pm and will continue until ...

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Vignettes: Dreadful Greta

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The members of Dreadful Greta are as young as 18…as old as…50 or 60-something.  And yeah… “Tribute Band” is probably the correct term to describe them.  I’m just not sure it’s the one I want to go with.  For starters, the world’s remaining “Deadheads” are a largely minute school of ...

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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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