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Natural Born Leaders and the Emerging Face of Music

Natural Born Leaders earned national attention in 2018, thanks in large part to an innovative Tiny Desk submission.  The band, however, is more than that five-minute segment on NPR.  In many ways, the group symbolizes both the future of music and the culmination of the watershed changes in the streaming …

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An Ode to Jennie DeVoe

Of all the folks Donovan Wheeler has talked to and written about, Jennie DeVoe is the one who is a star. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Jennie DeVoe Jennie DeVoe had been on the Indy music scene for more than a decade before I heard about her.  Such is …

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A Working Formula

After false starts and self-inflicted wounds, Colby Green and Josh Query have found something together, which they couldn’t quite make work apart. by Donovan Wheeler video by Brandon Pershing Double-take number one happens when Josh Query sidles up to the bar on my right side and orders an O’Doul’s.  Double-take …

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The Charles Walker Band: Everyone is Family

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

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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Go West, Old Man

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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Brandon Tinkler’s Great Experiment

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

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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Chris White’s Well-Earned Moment

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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