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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.

Roadie Awards: Best Album/EP #4

Memories Are Rolling Credits is a full listening experience because it knows when to give us what we want and expect from Carmichael, and it knows when throw all of that out the window and be something we didn’t think any regional band could be.

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Roadie Awards: Best Single #7

This list was assembled with the help of a lot of folks who love music from every level and angle.  One of them is a college music professor, a capable musician with depth–and breadth–of knowledge and years of experience gigging around western Indiana.  Another is an award-winning international recording artist.  …

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Roadie Awards: Best Single #8

Indiana native and DePauw alumnus David McMillen propelled the Chicago-based band to prominence with their sophomore album Alio, which featured another nominated song, "Building a Wall."  But as our judge explains above, "Double Take" illustrates how both polished production values and solid musical chops results in the perfect song to listen to a relaxing afternoon.

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Roadie Awards: Best Album/EP #5

“When I sit down on a hot summer day and soak in that Hoosier humidity, I find myself repeatedly turning to Brandon Tinkler’s Open Up Your Eyes. I stare into the emptiness of the deck around me and imagine my parents and their friends, grilling burgers, drinking Blatz, and talking about Nixon.

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Roadie Awards: Best Single #9

Despite its sentimental and sometimes sorrowful tone–one evocatively sung by Tosh Everson’s powerful mezzo-soprano–“Anthem’s” strongest feature is its rocking tempo and signature guitar sequences.

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Roadie Awards: Best Single #10

This list was assembled with the help of a lot of folks who love music from every level and angle.  One of them is a college music professor, a capable musician with depth–and breadth–of knowledge and years of experience gigging around western Indiana.  Another is an award-winning international recording artist.  …

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The Roadie Awards – Best of the Decade

Hey folks,   Donovan, here. I started National Road Magazine five years ago this month. I sat in the former Swizzle Stick Bar in Greencastle, listening to War Radio on a quiet, winter “First Friday,” when I turned to my fiancee, Wendi, and told her I was going to write …

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Vignettes: The Flatland Harmony Experiment

copy by Donovan Wheeler featured image by Amanda Cannon Photography The Flatland Harmony Experiment is one of the first bands I should have written about when I launched this site almost five years ago.  Why they never were will remain a “head-scratcher” for a long time.  At the local and …

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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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