The Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) is one of the most anticipated arts events in Western North Carolina each year. People who camp have been doing so for years, in the same spot they first picked out a decade ago. People who drive in come from just about every nook and cranny between Asheville and Knoxville, down to Greenville, probably even up to Abingdon. They throw on something made of hemp, delight in local…Continue
Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:00am — 2 Comments
Each autumn, the Americana Music Association (AMA) gathers in Nashville for a conference and festival to celebrate the incredible music which has been made in the past year. The event kicks off with an awards show aimed at recognizing the artists and albums that have most stirred the Americana community. When all this goes down this year, newcomer husband and wife duo Shovels + Rope will lead the field with four nominations,…Continue
Posted on May 14, 2013 at 11:59am — 10 Comments
A few weeks ago on this site, we offered a free preview stream of the new disc from Kenny Roby - an artist most folks know from his old band 6 String Drag. That North Carolina-based alt-country troupe was loud and raw, embodying so many of the characteristics of the early alt-country movement which inspired the creation of the No Depression magazine. (Note Peter Blackstock's review from…Continue
Posted on May 1, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment
I'm writing a book about Zilphia Horton - the small-town Tennessee music teacher from the 1930s-'50s who influenced Pete Seeger and Rosa Parks, fueled the labor and civil rights movements with music, and gave us universal anthems of empowerment like "This Little Light of Mine" and "We Shall Overcome." Learn more.
After studying classical music my whole life, I spent eight or nine years moving around the country, hopping from music scene to music scene, touring, and trying to make a living as a singer-songwriter. Then, in 2003, after a very long and fascinating ride on a Greyhound bus, I moved to Seattle and decided to try writing about the music I play and have grown to love.
In addition to managing this community site for No Depression, I'm the About.com Guide to Folk Music. I was, from Feb-Oct 2008, Editor of Seattlest. My work has appeared in Billboard, at Rollingstone.com, NPR.org, in Seattle and CityArts magazines, The Mountain XPress, and a handful of other publications.
If anything on this site seems out of wack, confusing, wrong, or missing, please let me know. And, if you have any ideas about how we can make this community better, I'm always open to those.