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Singers, songwriters, instrumentalists. Whether they are from here or have traveled here, Middle Indiana is always putting great talent our its stages.

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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Chase Those Blues Away

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by Mark Wright photos courtesy of Blues at the Crossroads According to Wikipedia (yeah, I know it’s not a scholarly source, but this is not a research paper), the crossroads of America is an intersection in Terre Haute, Indiana. “At about the same time [1926, when U. S. highway 40 ...

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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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Jon Strahl: Sounds Right to Me

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by Donovan Wheeler —–photography by Tim McLaughlin The entrance to Darrin’s Coffee Company is tucked under a dark awning hanging from a tiny, beige brick building… …which is further tucked between larger structures to either side. Meandering the winding, cobbled-brick surface which makes up Zionville’s eclectic Main Street, I must ...

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