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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

  • SummerTyne Americana Festival #9 - Jumping Hot Club Stage (Gateshead, U.K. - July 18-20, 2014)
    Wow, it’s taken nearly two weeks for me to get my breath back after another frantic and wonderful SummerTyne Americana Festival. As I say every year, the crowds turn up not knowing anyone on the Jumping Hot Club Outside stage and go away with their favourite new artist of the year. Starting at noon on Friday, the outside stage hosted seven local acts, all wi […]
  • What Happens When a Band on the Rise Finds Out Its Name Is an Obscure Racial Stereotype? Meet Parsonsfield (Formerly Poor Old Shine).
    For Poor Old Shine, it started with a song… a traditional prison work song of the American South, called “Ain’t No Cane on This Brazos.” It’s been interpreted by everyone from Dylan and the Band, to the Low Anthem, Lyle Lovett and the Wood Brothers. And it was the song in one of the great scenes in the movie “Festival Express,” as a completely blotto Rick Da […]
  • Jillpoke Bohemia: An Interview with the Author, Conducted by Himself - Part 2
    Let’s talk about the music behind Jillpoke Bohemia. Webcomics don’t typically have soundtracks, but one can imagine that a Jillpoke Bohemia soundtrack might sound pretty cool. Sure.  Maybe the comic could be represented by a virtual band, in the tradition of the Archies and the Gorillaz.  If we could find a couple of unknown musicians who sound the way I ima […]
  • Getting to Know Wendy Cahill -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    Wendy Cahill has a voice.  She’s got a voice that is captivating and beguiling.  She’s got soul.  And like I said above, man-oh-man, she has got a Voice.  It’s raw and powerful and is definitely meant to be heard! Wendy Cahill is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  The Emerging Artist showcase is always one of the h […]
  • The Post-Newport Earthquake: Watkins Family Hour
    Did you feel it? That's what everybody in Los Angeles asks each other whenever a shake or quake rattles and rolls through the valleys and flatlands. Sometimes there's just a release of pressure beneath the crust, and other times it's an up and down jolt that lasts only a second. And then you forget about it. Until the next time.  Sunday night […]
  • Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Album Review)
    “This music proves that a white man with white hair can really play the blues,” Pete Townsend says in the booklet that accompanies True To the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, the four-CD box set retrospective of Winter's career just out on Columbia /Legacy. But age had nothing to do with Winter's look or sound. Due to his albinism, Winter's ha […]

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