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First Spin is a carefully chosen series of albums available for full exclusive preview only on NoDepression.com.

Visit this page to keep track of the 2-4 albums per month which will be selected for exclusive advance stream. Though the albums chosen for this feature are subject to approval from ND staff, this is a sponsored feature. First Spin features are written by ND Community Manager Kim Ruehl or by volunteer bloggers within the community as noted. Each exclusive stream will be available for a short time only (usually 1-2 weeks) after which the feed will disappear. Be sure not to miss your chance to hear some of the best new Americana/roots/indie/alt/country/rock  music around, before it's available anywhere else.

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ND First Spin: Elizabeth Mitchell - "The Sounding Joy"

by Kim Ruehl

It's very nearly Thanksgiving, which means it might be a smidge early to talk about Christmas music, but this new album from Elizabeth Mitchell isn't teeming with your typical "Jingle Bells" repetition. It's a wonderful collection of holiday music performed with Mitchell's signature sparseness. Acoustic instruments, hand claps, and a community of skilled singers is always at…

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Posted on November 19, 2013 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

Exclusive ND First Spin: Betse Ellis - High Moon Order

by Kim Ruehl

Missouri may be fly-over country for folks on the coasts, but while we're all flying high in our planes, down on the ground, Kansas City boasts a remarkable music scene. It's been home to outlaw country band the Wilders for years, with their raucous attack at music which straddles a line between bluegrass and old-school honky tonk music. If you've ever caught the Wilders live,…

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Posted on June 4, 2013 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

Exclusive ND First Spin: Ashleigh Flynn - 'A Million Stars'

Portland-based singer-songwriter Ashleigh Flynn has been earning her way up the folk/roots/Americana totem pole for years, playing her heart out in cities around the country. Like many on the Portland scene, Flynn seems to pull from a bottomless source of inspiration - including bluegrass, country, and folk, but also indie rock and other styles - to fashion songs which are as heartfelt as they are both fun and…

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Posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:30am — 11 Comments

Exclusive ND First Spin: Kenny Roby - 'Memories and Birds'

Back in the '90s, when No Depression (the magazine) was just starting to rev its engine, a little band from Raleigh, NC, called Six String Drag earned praise from Peter Blackstock. He called the band's debut album "too good to be overlooked." Six String Drag earned a few more mentions in the magazine, then split up before the decade was up. 

Frontman…

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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 8:00pm — 19 Comments

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Victoria Folkerts commented on First Spin's blog post 'ND First Spin: Elizabeth Mitchell - "The Sounding Joy"'
"Had to buy a copy!"
Nov 23, 2013
Benjamin Scott Blake commented on First Spin's blog post 'ND First Spin: Elizabeth Mitchell - "The Sounding Joy"'
"This is not the actress, correct?"
Nov 22, 2013
Elaine Campbell commented on First Spin's blog post 'ND First Spin: Elizabeth Mitchell - "The Sounding Joy"'
"Listening throughout the day.  Loving this so very much, although I had the expectation not to enjoy any more Christmas music. Will purchase as soon as payday arrives.  "
Nov 20, 2013
A blog post by First Spin was featured

ND First Spin: Elizabeth Mitchell - "The Sounding Joy"

by Kim RuehlIt's very nearly Thanksgiving, which means it might be a smidge early to talk about Christmas music, but this new album from Elizabeth Mitchell isn't teeming with your typical "Jingle Bells" repetition. It's a wonderful collection of holiday music performed with Mitchell's signature sparseness. Acoustic instruments, hand claps, and a community of skilled singers is always at the ready. In this case, that…See More
Nov 19, 2013
First Spin posted a blog post

ND First Spin: Elizabeth Mitchell - "The Sounding Joy"

by Kim RuehlIt's very nearly Thanksgiving, which means it might be a smidge early to talk about Christmas music, but this new album from Elizabeth Mitchell isn't teeming with your typical "Jingle Bells" repetition. It's a wonderful collection of holiday music performed with Mitchell's signature sparseness. Acoustic instruments, hand claps, and a community of skilled singers is always at the ready. In this case, that…See More
Nov 19, 2013
Frances Romasco commented on First Spin's blog post 'Exclusive ND First Spin: Betse Ellis - High Moon Order'
"Wow! Thanks, Kim. I have never heard Betse before(or the Wilders). What an incredibly talented woman! What an incredible collection of songs! So many drastic switches of styles, but consistantly great arrangements; she, and, her fiddle, sing with…"
Jun 7, 2013
Allan Y McDougall commented on First Spin's blog post 'Exclusive ND First Spin: Betse Ellis - High Moon Order'
"Yes, 2nd album, and it is very good, a really  nice mixture of fiddle tunes and original tunes and songs. Well done Betse "
Jun 4, 2013
Jim Nelson commented on First Spin's blog post 'Exclusive ND First Spin: Betse Ellis - High Moon Order'
"Betse is a force to be reckoned with, surely. For the record, though, I believe this is her second solo album."
Jun 4, 2013
A blog post by First Spin was featured

Exclusive ND First Spin: Betse Ellis - High Moon Order

by Kim RuehlMissouri may be fly-over country for folks on the coasts, but while we're all flying high in our planes, down on the ground, Kansas City boasts a remarkable music scene. It's been home to outlaw country band the Wilders for years, with their raucous attack at music which straddles a line between bluegrass and old-school honky tonk music. If you've ever caught the Wilders live, no doubt you've noted their spirited…See More
Jun 4, 2013
michael byars commented on First Spin's blog post 'Exclusive ND First Spin: Betse Ellis - High Moon Order'
"Betse Ellis continues to establish herself as a musical force, be it with The Wilders or on her own.  Her new album shows her musical diversity and combines just enough polish with just enough grit to be the real deal.  One correction to…"
Jun 4, 2013
First Spin posted a blog post

Exclusive ND First Spin: Betse Ellis - High Moon Order

by Kim RuehlMissouri may be fly-over country for folks on the coasts, but while we're all flying high in our planes, down on the ground, Kansas City boasts a remarkable music scene. It's been home to outlaw country band the Wilders for years, with their raucous attack at music which straddles a line between bluegrass and old-school honky tonk music. If you've ever caught the Wilders live, no doubt you've noted their spirited…See More
Jun 4, 2013
Kevin J Hinsey commented on First Spin's blog post 'Exclusive ND First Spin: Ashleigh Flynn - 'A Million Stars''
"Congrats to the winners....guess its off to spend some money for me ;-)"
May 16, 2013
Patrick Daly commented on First Spin's blog post 'Exclusive ND First Spin: Ashleigh Flynn - 'A Million Stars''
"Heard you for the first time on OPB 5/9 then listened to the album all the way through- loved it! Can't wait for the release!  Looking forward to seeing you live some time in the future."
May 10, 2013
Dennis McGough commented on First Spin's blog post 'Exclusive ND First Spin: Ashleigh Flynn - 'A Million Stars''
"I think there is a real confidence running through this CD that may have been lacking a little on her previous recordings. Ashleigh has one of the prettiest voices around today. An excellent effort!"
May 10, 2013
Allan Ceran commented on First Spin's blog post 'Exclusive ND First Spin: Ashleigh Flynn - 'A Million Stars''
"Saw her at McCabe's in Santa Monica (with Black Prairie) and she played a bunch of these songs.  They're great on the album too!"
May 9, 2013
Patricia Raicht commented on First Spin's blog post 'Exclusive ND First Spin: Ashleigh Flynn - 'A Million Stars''
"Ashleigh is an amazing songwriter, singer and story-teller.   Her 4th album has been well worth the wait.  If you have not heard her previous albums...go find them.  She is a true treasure! "
May 8, 2013

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