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No Depression, Speak Up!

No Depression, Speak Up!

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No Depression started its life as a quarterly print magazine in 1995, fueled by its founding editors' passion for alt-country music and long-form journalism. Over the course of its first print run, it helped solidify the importance of Americana and roots music on the national stage. In the years since, No Depression has developed a robust web publication, publishing long features, honest criticism, and weekly columns in addition to its wealth of community-driven content. In 2015, to celebrate the publication's 20th anniversary, the FreshGrass Foundation brought it back to print as a high-end, ad-free, quarterly journal focused once again on long-form music journalism.


Speak Up! digs into the long tradition of roots music as a voice for the voiceless, a tool for social change, and a universal language. The issue contains essays by artists, who have written about how they've used music to speak up for themselves, for others, and for issues that concern us all. There's a deep exploration of race in country music, a history of music programs in prisons, a conversation with John Prine about how his story-songs have changed minds, and retrospectives about how speaking up cost artists like the Weavers and the Dixie Chicks a large portion of their audience.

Long Features:

  • What happened to the Weavers?
  • A conversation with John Prine
  • Jail Guitar Doors USA and music in Texas prisons
  • Thirteen years since the Dixie Chicks' stage banter heard 'around the world'
  • Exploring race in country music

Short Features:

  • Johnny Dowd and Hamell on Trial
  • Chuck Hawthorne
  • Anais Mitchell's 'Hadestown'
  • An organizing history of 'We Shall Overcome'
  • Erin McKeown and Kaia Kater
  • The Kennedys
  • Field Medic
  • Little Village Foundation
  • How artists respond to controversial laws

Artist-Written Essays:

  • Eliza Gilkyson
  • Mary Gauthier
  • Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
  • Scott Miller
  • Mark Erelli
  • Allison Moorer

Photos/Art:

  • Political Cartoons from the Woody Guthrie Archive
  • Photographs from Todd Gunsher, C. Elliott, Kirk Stauffer, Amos Perrine, and Steve Ford
  • Illustration by Drew Christie, Howard Rains, and Alexie Hoffman
  • Cover art by Woody Guthrie