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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

Performance // Chat With Springfield's Arlin Peebles

photo courtesy of Arlin Peebles

Arlin Peebles may be one of our area's most seriously unsung musicians. Pardon the lousy pun, but while he's not a name as recognizable as say - Tom Irwin, he has a sizable catalog of original songs and a talent for lyrics and composition. Arlin's authentic, and he just may be one of your new favorites, whether you're tied to Springfield or not.

He generally writes about relationships and allows a nuanced peek inside the emotional landscape of a father and husband - one who is still coming to terms with the whole "growing up" thing. He recently helped kick off Springfield's premiere YouTube show for showcasing area talent, The Studio Show, we'll have an interview separately about that. For now, take a listen and get to know Arlin the artist:

You can find more of Arlin's music hereand here.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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