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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 era. by Donovan Wheelerphotos courtesy …

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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 [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t would be nice to think that Charles Walker’s epiphany happened …

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Conversations: Michael Kelsey

by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Michael Kelsey [dropcap]M[/dropcap]ost 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.  That exceptions to the rules …

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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 sound from the genre’s infancy.  …

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Road Mode: David Goodier’s Excellent Adventure

by Mark Wrightphotos 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 of his new CD–Headphones, Please–pack up …

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