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Giving His Best: Indigenous’ Mato Nanji

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Bruce Haley Mato Nanji has one of those disarming laughs—the casual, innocent kind which makes you think you’re talking to the guy you grew up with who now hangs drywall, shoots pool for a dollar a game, takes his kids to the lake for fishing ...

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Chris Trapper: Feeling Less Alone

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Topher Cox When a man picks up his first guitar, writes his first song, and croons his first notes he presumably does so imagining himself on the big stage, under the biggest set of lights speaking to thousands (if not more) people at a time. ...

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Kevin Crafton: It Begins Now

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Ray Tarantino and Ashlee Pinney To understand Kevin Crafton, you must first accept the paradoxes which define him. At age 33, Crafton is seasoned and experienced: treading the floorboards of mostly small Nashville stages with almost twenty years’ experience as a guitarist and slightly fewer ...

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Holly Sims: The Decision is Yours

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What goes through an artist’s mind when she runs solid blocks of contrasting colors across a five foot cut of canvas? When the end result are streaks of blacks and whites, crisscrossed by tendrils of brown, soft peach, or burnt red? We all know what the mind of a lazy ...

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Zachary Spicer: Gentleman from Indiana

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by Donovan Wheeler cover photo by Kyle Lemaire additional photos courtesy of Thomas DeCarlo, Zachary Spicer, and Wendi Evans By 7:00 in the evening, every seat at the Quaff On! Brew Pub in Bloomington was filled. It’s like this most evenings: partially because the brew pub cranks out great beer, ...

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Nancy Michael: Life After Office

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Former Greencastle Mayor Nancy Michael talks about life after public office, her heated final campaign in 2010, and the difference between big-time politics and its local version. by Donovan Wheeler–photos by Caitlin Fogle On the night of November 2, 2010, Nancy Michael could do little more than watch as more ...

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Already Made It: Carly Rhine’s Life in Nashville

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When I first sat down with her I somewhat expected some of that lovably delusional certainty I see in so many kids who have their entire lives planned out to the boilerplate of a Hollywood manuscript. Instead, I ran into a young woman very aware of her place in the world, very cognizant of the hurdles in front of her, and very willing to accept whatever happens and make the best of it.

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