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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

  • Rod Kennedy (1930-2014) and the Kerrville Folk Festival - Interview & Remembrance
    Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P. The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity […]
  • MerleFest - Wilkesboro, North Carolina - April 24-27 2014
    While there are quite a few notable festivals that begin earlier than late April, many of us kick off the festival season by trekking to not your normal community college, the Wilkes Community College in the rolling hills of north central North Carolina where MerleFest has been held every year since 1988. Named in honor of Merle Watson who lived nearby, 2014 […]
  • Americana Boogie new releases for the week of April 15th... Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare Jr, Moot Davis, Secret Sisters, Ray Bonneville and more
    BOBBY BARE JR. Undefeated (Bloodshot) Bobby Bare, Jr. could've phoned in a career. He could've exploited the fact that he s the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, instead, he blazed a path of unique songwriting… […]
  • Five Questions: Kris Orlowski
    With his new album, Believer, Seattle's Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. First, it's a full-length record (after three EPs) and, second, he's a band (not just a singer/songwriter). Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear -- it's a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic […]
  • Catie Curtis - Flying Dream (Album Review)
    Curtis’ Flying Dream is carpeted wall-to-wall by songs that explore the many shades of ‘love.’ This year Maine bred Catie Curtis celebrates quarter-of-a-century as a recording artist. Commencing with the self-released, cassette-only album Dandelion (1989), Curtis’… […]
  • Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Album Review)
    I’ve heard a lot of really unique descriptions of Lydia Loveless's new album, "Somewhere Else".  It’s always X + Y that supposedly equals a new sound.  None of them seem to capture the essence of the record for me.  On Loveless’s Facebook page, her sound is described as “Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith slamming shots at a Midwestern dive bar whil […]

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