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.
In honor of Pete Seeger’s centennial (as well as No Depression’s tradition of highlighting one specific genre of roots music each year), the Summer 2019 issue focuses on folk music. A section of the journal is dedicated to Seeger’s history and legacy, including spotlights on a few forthcoming collaborations in his honor. The rest of the issue examines the intertwining relationship between folk and roots music.
- Pete Seeger's local legacy in the Hudson Valley
- Tom Morello on Pete Seeger and the continued threat of censorship
- The Kronos Quartet's classical-inspired Pete Seeger tribute
- Steve Earle on Guy Clark
- The 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's Clouds
- A history of labor songs featuring Joe Hill, Billy Bragg, and Son Volt
- The legacies of folk music supergroups like Cry, Cry, Cry, Monsters of Folk, and Our Native Daughters
- Dracula on Spanish-language folk music
- A resurgence of Yiddish-language folk songs
- Original essays by Raye Zaragoza and Over the Rhine's Linford Detweiler
Original illustrations by Marissa Johnson and Drew Christie
Archival photos from the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., Old Town School of Folk Music, and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Original design by Marcus Amaker
Cover art by Brian Butler