No Depression has been serving the Americana, alt-country and roots music community since 1995.
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 in Seattle.
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…
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
Posted by Barry Gilbert on December 3, 2013 at 5:00pm
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,…
I ignored Holly Williams's new album, The Highway, as long as I could. It arrived in a swarm of padded envelopes, among a flurry of other CDs I also didn't listen to right away. The cover photo showed a pretty blond woman, her hair in her face, close up. She looked tired or urgent, or maybe like she was waiting for something, it was hard to tell which. Besides, the idea of an Americana album called The Highway seemed oh so preciously cliche.
I had tried to…Continue
For a variety of very personal reasons tonight’s gig was something of a ‘celebratory’ party for me and I couldn’t think of a finer pair of performers to spend the night with than local Delta Blues aficionados Monkey Junk plus the headline act, Matt Andersen from Canada was someone I’d been desperate to see for a few years.
John Nellist and Andy Turnbull; who make up Monkey Junk have been on the local music scene for a few years now but look and sound like they were born to…Continue
Posted by Alan Harrison on December 3, 2013 at 2:00pm
The Animals : The Mickie Most Years And More
The cover photo on their U.S debut album shows a quintet of fresh scrubbed teens in dress shirts and ties looking like '60s era frat boys. But the disc inside reveals a rough, raw, rootsy sound that originated far from their hometown of Newcastle, England. From their beginning in 1963, The Animals came off more like originators than translators, their rough cut blues sounding more like Delta denizens than English…Continue