No Depression has been serving the Americana, alt-country and roots music community since 1995.
Robbie Fulks is a prolific artist that continues to be praised and respected by indie-classic-country fans with each new release he drops. His discography, although rooted in sharp-tongued wit and infectious classic country tendencies, almost always transcends expectations by even his most devoted fans, never mind the neat and tidy genre-classifiable record bins.
For his latest album, Gone Away Backward, Robbie Fulks put together a simplified lineup…Continue
Posted by Chris Mateer on December 4, 2013 at 2:00pm
I’m coming a little late to this release, but decided to write something because I began to listen to it more than once and that’s a sure sign that something's likeable and special here.
Released in October 2013 -- this is a rousing and melodic little collection -- with well-balanced male and female vocals.
The Dancing Hats has an aggressive approach similarly exemplified by bands such as Great Big Sea, the Oyster Band and Spirit of the West. The drums are just an…Continue
Posted by John Apice on December 4, 2013 at 1:00pm
The Mulligan Brothers self-titled debut album begins with a mournful fiddle supported by the steady undercurrent of bass and drums. As Ross Newell begins his haunting tale of forbidden plantation love, it is clear that the song will end in death and heartbreak, but well-written songs don’t need a catchy chorus or a happy ending to win over an audience or to be played over and over again.
She was born…Continue
Posted by The Southern Rambler on December 4, 2013 at 11:00am
With much fanfare and even more head-shaking (at least if you're a roots music fan), the 2014 Grammy nominations were announced Friday night.
Here are the nominees in the "American Roots" categories. A mighty fine bunch, but with some glaring (NO JASON ISBELL WTF OMG) omissions, as ever and always:
Best American Roots Song
BUILD ME UP FROM BONES Sarah Jarosz, songwriter
INVISIBLE Steve Earle, songwriter
KEEP YOUR DIRTY LIGHTS ON Tim…
David Berkeley epitomizes what was once commonly referred to as a traveling troubadour. Having made his home in a variety of places both here in the States and overseas -- we’re talking Corsica specifically -- he’s not only experienced a vast expanse of terrain with his family in tow, but also gathered enough inspiration to fill five studio album -- a sixth, a live recording, completes his canon to date -- and a book, 140 Goats and a Guitar, which accompanies his earlier…Continue
Posted by Lee Zimmerman on December 3, 2013 at 3:00pm
With the end of the year upon us now in a matter of weeks, the time has come to cast your vote for the best albums of 2013.
Each year, we turn the spotlight to you folks, to come up with a Top 50 list of the No Depression Community's favorite releases. While most folks in this community are likely to focus on Americana/roots music, in the past we've received and counted votes for artists as varied as Lady Gaga, Patti Smith, and Adele. If you're interested in pitching in for this…Continue
In 1994, St. Louis' Bottle Rockets sang about that “angry fat man on the radio (who) wants to keep his taxes way down low” in “Welfare Music,” one of the band's finest songs. Almost 20 years later, that radio guy is, if anything, fatter and angrier, and the Bottle Rockets, thankfully, are still a working, blue-collar, roots-rock band.
Chicago's Bloodshot Records has reissued the band's first two out-of-print albums, the self-titled “Bottle Rockets” (1993) and its 1994…Continue
If you missed it go back and read Neil Ferguson's excellent NoDepression interview with Brian Henneman. I'll steal a question and answer to convince you to keep reading:
Neil Ferguson: Is there one experience or sort of peak moment that stands out in the history of The Bottle Rockets?
Brian Henneman: Overall, I can't say,…