No Depression Grows Up… Or Just Gets Old


27. Apr. 2007, 4:17

One of these things, ain’t like the others… Remember that diddy from Public Television? It would seem like the boys at No Depression are getting bored, so they decided to take a trip back to their youth--trying to stick square pegs in round holes. Except today they try to call it “art”. This month Grant Alden addresses the topic head on, but it sounds to me more like excuses you gave the teacher when you got caught with your Archies comic inside your Social Studies text book.

RAP goes the ruler across your desk. C’mon, Grant, we don’t need another glam rag. We buy/subscribe to ND ‘cause we like the skinny on Roots music, Americana, whatever that is. While that nebulous genre varies greatly, don’t stick sausage in my sandwich and try to sell it as prime rib.

I don't beat up on ND 'cause I don't like it. No Depression captures the music I love like no other. And we fight for the ones we love. Yea, I know "If you love something, set it free." Right, whatever, fly back home to after you've seen Nashvegas, amigos.

No Depression #69 May-June 2007
Surveying the past, present, and future of American music (whatever that is)
On the cover: Miranda Lambert
In the Table of Contents:
las manitas
Bettye Lavette
Lyle Lovett
John Hiatt
Joe Ely
Guy Clark
Ray Price
Willie Nelson
Merle Haggard
Raul Malo
Dave Rawlings Machine
Ryan Shaw
Pine Leaf Boys
Gina Villalobos
Willy Mason
Two Cow Garage
Uncle Earl
Avett Brothers
Elizabeth Cook
The aforementioned Ms. Lambert
Bright Eyes
Blaze Foley & The Beaver Valley Boys
Stanley Brothers
Dolly Parton
Loenard Cohen
Mickey Gilly
J.D. Crowe
Chip Taylor
Todd Snider
Mavis Staples
Doyle Lawson & Qucksilver
Jesse Malin
Cowboy Junkies
John Prine & Mac Wiseman (aka John Prine & Mac Wiseman )
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby (aka Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby )
Jon Rauhouse
Chris Whitley
Tommy Womack
Robbie Fulks
Scott Miller & The Commonwealth
Pam Tillis
David Ball
Dale Watson
Andrew Bird
Joni Mitchell
Patti Smith
Koko Taylor
Wynton Marsalis
Last Train Home
Fountains of Wayne
Golden Smog
Laura Veirs
Rosie Thomas
Serena Ryder
Uncle Monk
Mark Erelli
Jorma Kaukonen
Mitch Easter
Detroit Cobras
Los Straitjackets
Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
Mary Weiss
Ian Hunter
Grand Champeen
Besnard Lakes
Roddy Hart
Jon Byrd
Tom Brosseau
Sarah Shannon
Jonatha Brooke
Lucy Kaplansky

Plus other random artists I noticed on the pages:
Johnny Cash
June Carter Cash
Carlene Carter
Sheryl Crow
Patty Loveless
Kris Kristofferson
Loretta Lynn
Elvis Costello
Emmylou Harris
Billy Joe Shaver
Brad Paisley
Grey Delisle
Dixie Chicks
Bob Dylan
Neil Young
Gob Iron
Lucinda Williams
Iris DeMent
Chuck Prophet
Kelly Willis
Waylon Jennings
Ryan Adams
Natalie Merchant
Vic Chesnutt
Marty Stuart
Townes Van Zandt
Drive By Truckers
And so many, many more…


  • jcshepard

    If Grant & Peter just came out and said, Hey, we need to broaden our appeal to stay in business, then I could give them that. Bend, but don't break from the good stuff. But they keep arguing this Big Happy Family thing that sounds to me like they are just bored with Roots. Hey, there's this bright shiny thing over here we want to play with. There's a certain playground too-cool-to-twang Nah Nah, Nah Nah Nah to it. Fine, if they dont' want to play anymore I'll take my ball and go home. I don't want to pout, but I am. -jc

    27. Apr. 2007, 14:55
  • jcshepard

    I do have to say, tho, if I could have 2 minutes to snap a pic of Lucinda Williams, I would put her on the cover or anyplace else she wanted to be: [img][/img]

    27. Apr. 2007, 15:13
  • jcshepard

    John Conquest says in May 3CM: [i]♦ [some in the Americana Music Assn] live in fear of Bright Eyes getting to #1 [on the AMA radio chart]. Quite why I’m not sure as Conor Oberst is a bona fide Americana artist, but don’t take my word for it, check out the long interview in the current issue of No Depression, the one with prefab Gretchen Wilson knockoff Miranda Lambert on the cover. The editorial rationale is that luring in Lambert fans might introduce them to more authentic artists featured in the mag. I’ve come across variations on this argument many times, from the British Invasion on, and I’ve never bought it. A few people might possibly, say, have worked their way back to Arthur Alexander from The Beatles, but I just don’t see any Miranda Lambert fans picking up on Blaze Foley and I sure don’t think the offchance is worth the compromise, but then editor Grant Alden says mainstream country “deserves once again to be taken seriously.” You could have fooled me..[/i]

    8. Mai. 2007, 20:37
  • jcshepard

    Now today I stumble across this blog on [i]Village Voice[/i]. Basically, this bonehead Breihan agrees with me, from the opposite direction--he's a pop junkie diss'n on [i]No Depression[/i] for joining the Miranda bandwagon. You know, I don't have anything specific against Miranda, or most any of the pop jockies in Nashvegas. I listen to Clear Channel pop country on the radio, 'cause I'm too cheap to buy a new radio for my truck. Get what I pay for. I do expect more from what I do pay for--my stupid [i]ND[/i] subscription. I sub'd to [i]Wired[/i] magazine for years, until they sold out to Conde Nast. I'm smelling a sell out again... (grumble, grumble)

    19. Mai. 2007, 2:55
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