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Donovan Wheeler

Wheeler proudly teaches AP Literature and AP Language to some bright and lovably obnoxious kids in a small college town. He is the senior editor for the craft beer website Indiana on Tap and writes to ISU's STATE Magazine. Since putting in a pool he can now dive in head first (with goggles), and he has mostly stopped throwing golf clubs, but he still hates to fly.

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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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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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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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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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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Support Them All

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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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