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No Depression has been the foremost journalistic authority on roots music for well over a decade, publishing 75 issues from 1995 to 2008. No Depression ceased publishing magazines in 2008 and took to the web. We have made the contents of those issues accessible online via this extensive archive and also feature a robust community website with blogs, photos, videos, music, news, discussion and more.

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Column from web archive December 31, 2008

Like a ship out in the night…

In the days and weeks following 9/11, pronouncements over how our lives had been permanently altered flowed upstream and down. Irony was declared dead (sayonara David Letterman). Sensitivity had its i’s double-dotted, leading Clear Channel Communications to order its more than 1,000 radio outlets not to play dozens of songs it deemed tasteless in this [...]

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Column from web archive December 30, 2008

The end of print

In the year just passing I lost a dream long held so close that never – ever – did I confess it in public, for I have always wanted a magazine of my own. The arc of my career, such as it has been (stretching back to my junior high school typewritten scandal sheet, The [...]

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Column from web archive December 29, 2008

In case you missed these…

As we close out 2008, here’s a guide to some of the best artists you might have missed this year. (Warning! May contain a higher-than-usual number of sensitive singer-songwriters. Just so you know.) BEN SOLLEE: A Louisville-based singer-songwriter-cellist and member of Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet, Sollee frequently gets compared to Ray LaMontagne, if LaMontagne were [...]

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Column from web archive December 26, 2008

A change is gonna come, indeed

It’s been a long Time comingBut I knowA changeIs gonna come – Sam Cooke When the esteemed NoDepression.com editor asked that our final columns of 2008 provide some sort of reflection on or summation of the year, I asked, “But won’t all of us want to write about Obama?” He replied that I was the [...]

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Column from web archive December 24, 2008

Yo Adrian…this one’s for you

I used to work at a place where each morning I was typically the second person to arrive in my office pod; the first was a fellow who would greet me each day by asking enthusiastically if I had watched whatever TV program he had watched the night before. He’d pepper me with this query [...]

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Column from web archive December 23, 2008

Surveying singles,
whatever they are

The type of music capable of being evoked by the term “No Depression” has been in a more or less constant state of expansion since this magazine’s beginnings. The process began in 1995, of course, with the magazine’s titular appropriation of a 1990 punk rock album by the band Uncle Tupelo. From that starting point, [...]

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Column from web archive December 22, 2008

Thinking chrono, logically

It’s calendar-flippin’ time again, kids, and the turn of the new year brings – with a certain amount of aggravating inevitably, as far as I’m concerned – vast amounts of media and individual civilian list-making and reckoning, all built on the questionable assumption (or page-filling, useful fiction) that something identifiable, memorable, and even significant simply [...]

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Column from web archive December 19, 2008

2009: The year that wuz be

In his year-end review of Marah’s 2008 album a couple days ago, my colleague Paul Cantin mused about how we tend to look forward to a new year with a sense of hope, optimistic at the promise that a fresh start to the calendar may bring. Pardon me if, as this particular auld lang syne [...]

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Column from web archive December 18, 2008

None more Mississippi

The end of my year is always fraught with peril. Not because of the holidays. My bete noire is much more insidious: year-end critics’ polls and best-of lists. In late autumn, when the call goes out from my editors to compile these beasts, my heart stops – and my mind starts racing: “What did I [...]

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Column from web archive December 17, 2008

Playing Chess, on the big screen

One of the best things about music biopics is the way they send you back to the songs. Movies such as Ray, Round About Midnight, The Doors, Great Balls Of Fire, and even that cheesy TV movie about the Beach Boys may come up short as art, but they motivate us to dive back into [...]

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From the Blogs

  • No Depression Is Getting a Facelift: A Note About What's Around the Bend
    Ever since we announced that No Depression had been acquired by FreshGrass back in March, we’ve heard from many of you with questions, concerns, and ideas about the future of this website and the community that gathers here. We created a forum topic at that time so we could organize these comments and refer to them frequently, which we have done as we’ve dev […]
  • Learning Songwriting at the Feet of Steve Earle
    Steve Earle has his eye on the history books. Not for himself, necessarily - though I doubt he’d object - but for his art form, “songwriting as literature.” With Camp Copperhead, Steve seemed to be trying to secure this form a place in history. “Four days of singing and songwriting,” the marketing materials promised. “Hard core.” I’m a non-professional songw […]
  • Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I, II & III 2014 Remasters (Album Review)
    Has any music reviewer ever missed the mark more than John Mendelsohn in his 1969 Rolling Stone critique of Led Zeppelin’s scorching, finely honed debut? After calling the album self-indulgent, he labeled Jimmy Page “a very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs” and dismissed Robert Plant’s “strained and unconvincing shouting.” The album […]
  • Shawn Amos - The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It (Album Review)
    The only thing wrong with the six-song EP The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It, is that there are only six songs. Like James Brown said, "let’s hit it, and quit," Amos gathered together what he calls a "Gutbucket power trio," of Chris Roberts (guitar),Don Medina (drums),and Ed Terrio (bass) then threw down the tracks old school -- live, with […]
  • New Country is Boring Me
    My early music education was in classical and jazz. Through orchestration classes, composition, Baroque theory, etc., I learned a lot of music rules. Some of them have stayed with me, even though I don’t write music on a regular basis. In jazz improv, never sit on the fourth scale degree. In orchestration, don’t cross your voices. In composition, never repea […]
  • Hook & Anchor - Self-titled (Album Review)
    Hook & Anchor are a new Portland, Ore.-based band with something of a pedigree. Bringing together Blind Pilot’s Kati Claborn, Luke Ydstie, and Ryan Dobrowski with veteran old time specialist Gabrielle Macrae (of the Macrae Sisters), and Erik Clampitt of Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck and Power of County, all of the individual members of the band… […]

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