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The Devil She Knew

Grandma was tough as nails. Generations later, a family discovers the reason why.

Blue Man’s Group

Inside his rustic, wood-framed home in the woods of Anderson Township, Bob Nave rolls another cigarette at the kitchen table where he works the cell phone, pursuing weekend bar gigs and airplay on public radio stations for his seven-year-old band, the Blues Merchants. A few steps away in the bathroom, hanging above the toilet, is the gold record he received in 1968 as a member of the Lemon Pipers when the group’s hit “Green Tambourine” surpassed one million sales. Outside in the driveway, his 57-year-old Hammond M-3 organ resides inside an old Dodge van, strapped on a dolly and ready for its next engagement. At age 68, Nave has navigated unflinchingly through the wild extremes of the music business for more than half a century.

Off the Charts

It was the summer of 1967—the Summer of Love. Acid rock queen Grace Slick was belting out “White Rabbit,” the Beatles were making history with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the streets of Haight-Ashbury were sw

Corn Belt Diplomacy

In the final days of World War II, a small Ohio town made peace with the enemy.

Blue Note

Marjean Wisby’s death didn’t close down the Blue Wisp, her 30-year-old jazz haven. But with her estate stuck in probate court, the famously laid-back club is hanging on by a riff and a prayer.
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