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Kim Ruehl commented on Amos Perrine's blog post 'MerleFest - Wilkesboro, North Carolina - April 24-27 2014'
"See you there, Amos! Cannot wait."
Apr 17
Kim Ruehl commented on Gary Burnett's blog post 'Billy Collins' Poem "The Blues"'
"Damn, that's a good poem. Thanks for sharing it, Gary! Pretty much sums up whaat I'm always trying to say in ten times the words. I guess that's the poet's job, then again."
Apr 8
Kim Ruehl replied to No Depression's discussion 'Ideas, suggestions, or concerns about what's next on ND?'
"A "what utter crap" button is a brilliant idea."
Apr 8
Kim Ruehl replied to No Depression's discussion 'Ideas, suggestions, or concerns about what's next on ND?'
"I don't love the idea of a like button, for many of the same reasons everyone else has said. But I also personally prefer to write in-depth comments and ideas, which is what keeps me mostly away from the forum section of this site (where people…"
Apr 8

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On Ancient History, Nickel Creek, and the Sometimes Necessary Genrefication of Music

One of the oldest human possessions ever found is a flute. I'm talking somewhere in the area of 50,000 years ago, someone sat or squatted - presumably on the ground - playing a flute. The fact that these old flutes exist indicates the presence of music is much older. It would have to be in order for people to get good enough at flute-making as to fashion an instrument that would be so durable. 

But, think about the implications here. You can't run from a predator when you're…


Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

Considering the Music of "Nashville", Take Two

At the end of Nashville's last season, news broke that T Bone Burnett, world class record producer and husband to show creator Callie Khouri, would not be continuing as the music supervisor. I wrote in this space about how that could be a good thing. Though T Bone populated the show with some incredible songs to come out of characters like…


Posted on March 14, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Songwriters on Songwriting: Greg Brown

Originally written for the Bluegrass Situation

Greg Brown is what you might call a songwriter’s songwriter. From the blues to old school country, folk and so forth, his music doesn’t fixate on any one style. The songs he writes go where they want to go, say what they want to say so naturally, they start to feel as though they’ve written…


Posted on February 17, 2014 at 7:06am — 13 Comments

All about me

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. I moved to Seattle in 2003 and somehow wound up writing about music for a living. I found my way to No Depression when I was tasked with writing a story for a Seattle magazine about ND going out of print. Kyla brought me on board as News Editor for the old editorial site in late 2008 and then I became Community Manager when we launched the ND Community the following Feb (a job now ably held down by Shelley Champine). 

Now, in addition to being Editor of No Depression, I'm the Guide to Folk Music. My work has also appeared in Billboard, CityArts, Yes, and Shuffle magazines, online at Folk Alley, NPR, the Bluegrass Situation, and elsewhere.

In 2010, I moved to Asheville, NC, to start working on 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.

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At 7:13pm on January 28, 2014, weirsh said…

Excited to see Isbell next week in Milwaukee at the Pabst Theater, a beautifully restored old venue. Saw Son Volt there a couple years back. Ice cold PBR tall boys and great music, life is good.

At 6:58pm on January 28, 2014, weirsh said…

Thanks for honoring Pete Seeger, I had the pleasure of seeing him and Arlo Guthrie back in the early 80s a couple of times when they toured together. I just watched a film about Pete on Saturday that I had recorded last year but just decided to view. Imagine my surprise when I heard the news of his passing this morning. A true patriot and great American, was Pete...Sailing down my golden river, sun and water all my own, yet I was never alone.

At 10:24am on January 14, 2013, olds sleeper said…

you may find me to actually be a gentleman at heart.

At 4:50pm on April 19, 2012, Kurt Mahoney said…

Hey Kim,

Watched the video-got me cryin' in the damn library....

It's really a sad day. So many passings...every week it seems. This one hurts.

I saw Levon with the (post-Robbie) Band two or three times...also saw him with some version of the RCO All-Stars in the 70's.

The last time I saw him was with the little blues band he had before he was singing again-rockin' blues band! They came out here to the West Coast, and I also got to meet him that night. So many times you meet your 'heroes' and you wish you hadn't. Not so with Levon.

He was the sweetest, kindest, most gentle and authentic soul. I had my picture taken with him that night and hoped one day to have it autographed. So much for that.

I so badly wish I could've seen one of the Barn Dances, but wrong coast, wrong time...

He's gone from us too soon, and the universe is mourning.


Kurt Mahoney

At 9:54am on November 21, 2011, ron sutton said…

Awesome page Kim, very informative, great job! 

At 5:51am on October 18, 2011, Steven McGann said…



Thanks for the video of Tim Easton.  I manage him as well as Lydia Loveless and some others.  Hope we can stay in touch about more events in the future.




Steve McGann

At 11:18pm on July 8, 2011, JoeRay Skrha said…

Dear Kim,

     Thankyou for your assistance.  Sincerely,  Joe Ray 

At 4:24am on April 27, 2011, Steve Hatch said…


Hi Kim


      As a featured contributor to No Depression, I’m particularly keen on getting your feedback for the following – Please forgive the intrusion if you don’t have the time or inclination to reply.


      I’ve posted the following to the No Depression discussion board – you can either respond there or alternatively drop me a line at


Thanks very much for your time

Kind regards,





My name is Steve Hatch and I’m currently conducting research for my Master’s in Songwriting at Bath Spa University in Bath, England (though I happen to be an ex-pat Georgia boy).  I would be extremely grateful if you could find the time to listen to the track (link below) and answer the 2 accompanying questions.  The more detail, the better of course (more to say in my final analysis) – but all feedback will be useful and very much appreciated.


Sadly, as this is an academic pursuit, there is a deadline.  Please reply by May 20th if at all possible so that I can have time to chew over your response and include it in my final write-up.


            The track:


1)     Which artist/band(s) would you say the track is most similar to and why?


2)     Which genre(s) would you say the track belongs to and why?

At 9:35pm on February 24, 2011, raina rose said…

Hi Kim!
I *just* saw your post from 2009 about a live artist chat! I'm definitely interested if you still are.

hope you are super well



At 6:43pm on January 16, 2011, Peewee Moore said…

Hey Kim thanks for being a friend. I'm a Touring Independent Austin Texas Outlaw Honkytonker that needs your support! I'm always looking for new places to play so please let me know if you know of any. I have a Critically Acclaimed CD "The Leaving Side Of Gone" available at and my next tour kicks off February 2nd and hits locations in TX, NM, AZ, CA, NV. Be sure to spread the word if you know anybody in those states. My official website is I hope to see you around!

-Peewee Moore

 Sole Honorable Mention Best Album Of The Year 2009 -Chattanooga Times Free Press Essential Albums of 2010 List


"If I were to trace the genealogy of the country music Outlaw, it would start with Bobby Bare, roll through Willie & Waylon and that whole gang, follow Cash through the late 90′s, and end up in the country music underground with people like Peewee Moore as possibly the perfect example of the Outlaw lineage in the present day"
-Kyle Coroneos,

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