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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 16, 2008

Step aside, curmudgeon emeritus: It’s Maggie’s choice, for kids’ sake

Among the several things parenting manuals don’t prepare you for is this: Those rock ‘n’ roll hours, that going to bed between 2 and 4 a.m., and rising by lunch? Over, at least until she’s off to college. (Nobody smells weakness like a young child with an urgent agenda. And they’re all urgent.) And this: [...]

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Column from web archive December 15, 2008

Frank Jr., Oneida, and me

It’s December 8, 2008, and I just woke up in a hotel on the Oneida Indian Reservation outside freezing, frosty-cold Green Bay, Wisconsin. There’s a very large casino next door, and I’m here to play on a bill with Justin Townes Earle and the Sadies for three days straight. The Sadies and I had been [...]

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Column from web archive December 12, 2008

Alt-country roads, from Burritos to Scorchers

One of the things I love about this site – about reading it regularly as well as writing for it occasionally – is the sort of dialogue it generates among a community of writers, musicians and kindred-spirit music fans. Even if that dialogue sometimes exists only in my head. As a one-sided conversation has since [...]

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Column from web archive December 11, 2008

Deck the halls with boxes and reissues

The woeful economy, declining record sales and lessening of shelf space have all contributed to the decline of the box set, those expensive, overpadded exercises in nostalgia and redundancy that were once the ultimate in musical gift-giving. This year’s crop of box sets, anthologies, reissues and nostalgia set pieces offers up some keepers, as well [...]

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Column from web archive December 10, 2008

For Young’s fans, Archives awaits…and awaits…

Obsessives typically don’t play well together. Whether on the battlefield, the football gridiron or a backyard drinking party, when two hard-headed, determined, focused types come into conflict, like the old songs says, something’s gotta give. A similar musical tilt has been playing out in recent weeks, although the antagonists may surprise you. In this corner, [...]

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Column from web archive December 9, 2008

Roy Orbison’s singular place in rock ‘n’ roll

I remember coming downstairs that morning in 1988 and hearing, on The Today Show I think, that Roy Orbison had died, at age 52 and only just then settling into a career resurgence with his compatriots, the Traveling Wilburys. What I can’t quite get my head around is the fact that, as of this past [...]

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Column from web archive December 8, 2008

Getting a leg up
with High Horse

Americans and others, apparently, are going to be living in “interesting times” for awhile – the “interesting” of the over-quoted old Chinese proverb being, of course, a euphemism for “rough, unnerving and generally headed downhill.” Still, for every comedian who asks me if this fresh online ND delivery system is about to be renamed “New [...]

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Column from web archive December 5, 2008

How do you spell Meyerratken? El May will do

Besides having perhaps the hardest surname to spell in all of indie-rock, Lara Meyerratken is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and singer who has recorded and toured with an impressive array of melodic pop acts. Since rising to the fore as a member of Australian tunesmith Ben Lee’s band, Meyerratken has worked with indie artists such [...]

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Column from web archive December 4, 2008

Kickin’ Chanukah music,
old-school style

Without Jews, there would be no Christmas music. Well, that’s an exaggeration. But the Chosen People have done much to advance the cause. The best-selling single of all time, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”, was composed by Irving Berlin. Over the years, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and Barry Manilow have all cashed in on [...]

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Column from web archive December 3, 2008

Chuck Bernstein: Rhythms beyond borders

One of the great things about the blues is its refusal to have its origins nailed down. It’s easy enough to identify the Mississippi Delta as a spawning ground. But as Joe the Ethnomusicologist can attest, it’s difficult to say definitively what the blues did or didn’t take from Africa – or what parts of [...]

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