No Depression has been serving the Americana, alt-country and roots music community since 1995.
So, here we are again, tramping the streets of Brighton, squeezing into someunfeasibly small spaces to see bands we've never heard of...
I'd been feeling somewhat underexcited by this year's Great Escape because it the only one of hundreds of names on the bill that I knew I liked was Billy Bragg, who appears at the Dome tonight. But a quick burst of venue-hopping last night –bookended by…Continue
Posted by Peter Wrench on May 17, 2013 at 3:35am
There may never have been as iconoclastic a country artist as David Allan Coe. Though his rejection of Nashville norms drew parallels with the outlaw movement, he always seemed a notch wilder and less predictable than Waylon, Willie and the boys. Reared largely in reform schools and prisons through his…Continue
Posted by hyperbolium.com on May 16, 2013 at 6:57pm
Posted by Gary Burnett on May 17, 2013 at 3:30am
As part of the Pistol Annies, Ashley Monroe's star power was obscured by the outsized shine of her bandmate, Miranda Lambert. Though the Annies share lead vocals, they present themselves as a trio, with only Lambert's fame standing out individually. But stepping out for her…Continue
Posted by hyperbolium.com on May 16, 2013 at 6:25pm
GRAMMY winner Steve Earle is one of America's greatest living storytellers, but he's not stopping there. Earle's 15th studio album, 2013's The Low Highway, is a road record written about what he experienced from the window of his tour bus while traveling across the United States. His latest tour stop landed him in the heart of one of the United States' emerging music neighborhoods,…Continue
Posted by Nate Hertweck on May 16, 2013 at 3:30pm
Although José González may be best known for his acoustic solo albums (2007's In Our Nature and 2003's Veneer), his band Junip is not to be mistaken as a "José González and friends" kind of project. Instead, the trio has from the start, always been equally composed of José Gonzaléz, Elias Araya, and Tobias Winterkorn.
The Swedish group put things somewhat on hold for Mr. Gonzaléz's success as a solo artist, but in 2010 finally dropped their…Continue
Posted by Chris Mateer on May 16, 2013 at 9:30am
It’s 2013, and most of the blues and R&B performers who once recorded for labels like Vee-Jay, Specialty, Chess, Aladdin, Duke and Peacock have departed for hopefully happier shores. However, the music that once emanated from these vintage labels – by Larry Williams, Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Gatemouth Brown, Memphis Slim, Mama Thornton, Lightnin’ Hopkins and many more – seems to have become part of our DNA.
That’s why, when we hear, say, The Cash Box Kings’ (CBK)…Continue
Posted by Michael Cala on May 16, 2013 at 7:30am
For what it’s worth; long may they run.
Crosby, Still, Nash and Young have been a part of my musical life since my early teenage years with my brother wearing out his first copy of DÉJÀ VU on the family radiogram. Subsequently I’ve become a tireless fan of Mr. Young and adding tracks from the others to VA recordings for sunny days in the garden. So; it was with some trepidation when I agreed to review this tribute album; as I know CSN&Y…Continue
Posted by Alan Harrison on May 16, 2013 at 6:00am
It's dark, gritty and personal, and perhaps the clearest glimpse yet into the imagination of a brilliant singer-songwriter who just gets better and better. Southeastern, Jason Isbell's fourth studio record, listens like a collection of musical short stories. Isbell's characters speak with clear voices, and generally in first person. In several songs, they bring us face to face with death. There's Andy, whose woman friend dies of cancer in Elephant. "One thing is clear to me, no…Continue
Posted by Mando Lines on May 15, 2013 at 5:00pm
Last June, with what felt like a last breath of grief, my brother, sister-in-law and I drove down the Abilene Highway that runs between Dallas and Abilene, Texas. With the hot summer wind on our backs, we rolled toward a small town, Winters, where my mother’s casket waited for burial between my 46 year-old brother and 34 year-old dad. It was a lonely trip. At one point, these words came through the car stereo:
”Yes I understand every life must end, uh…Continue
Posted by Terry Roland on May 16, 2013 at 1:30am