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.
Festival season starts in earnest in the spring, but of course live music happens all year round. This issue of No Depression explores all facets of the live music experience, compiling the most important roots music festivals and venturing behind the scenes at some legendary venues. Additionally, stories look at the challenges that live music curators and attendees face and dig into how roots musicians transform their recorded music into live presentations.
Included in this issue:
- Mandolin Orange
- Rhett Miller (Old 97s)
- Chris Shiflett
- Gaelynn Lea
- Langhorne Slim
- Shovels & Rope
- Laura Stevenson
- Chadwick Stokes (Dispatch)
- High Fidelity
- The best records stores in America
... And so much more!
- Original design by Marcus Amaker
- Original cover art by Emilee Graverson
- Original photos from the first two No Depression festivals