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The Great 50 Song Project
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Last week, when talking with a friend about a mutually beneficial project, something he did prompted me to tell him: "Send me a list of your favourite 50 songs.  List them fast, don't think about…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greywolf Jan 31, 2012.

Name five albums that you can sing all the lyrics to
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My big fault as a listener is that I never hear the words, or it takes a long time to learn them.I realized yesterday that there are a few that I've listened to so often that I know every single…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna's Americana Jan 4, 2012.

Alt-country vs. mainstream country
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I'm trying to figure out what makes Americana/alt-country/roots music different from mainstream country.  Any opinions?  Do they sound different?  How?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Wheeler on Wednesday.

Who has the best country voice of all time?
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Do we go back to the 'beginning' and say Jimmie Rodgers?Is it Patsy Montana, with her yodel?  How about Hank's?The soulful angst of Gram Parsons or the friendly crooning of Gene Autry? The grit of…Continue

Tags: voice, country

Started this discussion. Last reply by Victoria Woodworth Nov 3, 2012.

 

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Daniel Wheeler replied to Gillian Turnbull's discussion 'Alt-country vs. mainstream country'
"Obviously they sound different even if it's hard to explain how exactly. This is probably the best list. 1. production-mainstream country sounds soulless to me. 2. Lyrics- songs about beer and tractors are not exactly deep or thought…"
Wednesday
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The Sound of Toronto Might be NQ Arbuckle

As I ruminate on leaving Toronto, a city I’ve lived in for over 10 years, NQ Arbuckle finally releases a new album. Fitting, because their music has bracketed – and structured – my time in this city like nobody else’s.My first introduction to the band, one that has a long-term residency on Toronto’s Six Shooter label, was around 2004. Toronto boyfriend #1 brought over The Last Supper in a Cheap Town for one of our first dates. I have no idea what we talked about that night, because that was the…See More
Apr 7
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The Sound of Toronto Might be NQ Arbuckle

As I ruminate on leaving Toronto, a city I’ve lived in for over 10 years, NQ Arbuckle finally releases a new album. Fitting, because their music has bracketed – and structured – my time in this city like nobody else’s.My first introduction to the band, one that has a long-term residency on Toronto’s Six Shooter label, was around 2004. Toronto boyfriend #1 brought over The Last Supper in a Cheap Town for one of our first dates. I have no idea what we talked about that night, because that was the…See More
Apr 2
Sue Rarick commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'On Snowden, Poverty, and Working Class Songs'
"Back in the 1920's my grandmother had to be fluent in ancient Greek, Latin and a foreign language to get into NYU's grad school. In the 1940's my mom needed to be fluent in Latin and a foreign language to get into NYU grad school. In…"
Mar 18
A blog post by Gillian Turnbull was featured

On Snowden, Poverty, and Working Class Songs

I just got back from Pennsylvania, and then I went to see Billy Joel the other night, so this song is a relevant one these days.Musicians of all stripes have long been interested in the working class. You hear it in rock: And folk, and country:It’s nothing new, and the theme is often linked to a songwriter’s own experience. Maybe he or she grew up poor, or later suffered through the poverty of part-time jobs that supplemented poorly paying artistic work. As such, artists are given wide berth to…See More
Mar 17
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On Snowden, Poverty, and Working Class Songs

I just got back from Pennsylvania, and then I went to see Billy Joel the other night, so this song is a relevant one these days.Musicians of all stripes have long been interested in the working class. You hear it in rock: And folk, and country:It’s nothing new, and the theme is often linked to a songwriter’s own experience. Maybe he or she grew up poor, or later suffered through the poverty of part-time jobs that supplemented poorly paying artistic work. As such, artists are given wide berth to…See More
Mar 12
Ken Lamothe replied to Gillian Turnbull's discussion 'Alt-country vs. mainstream country'
"And, of course, the stuff that was contemporary country thirty and forty years ago, is now a blueprint for a lot of Americana. "
Mar 11
Paul Gavry replied to Gillian Turnbull's discussion 'Alt-country vs. mainstream country'
Mar 10
Gillian Turnbull commented on No Depression's blog post 'On the Occasion of Our Fifth Anniversary...'
"Ed said it better than I could ever hope to, so I'll echo his sentiments here. Kyla, best of luck to you, and congratulations. You work harder than anyone I know, and what you've done to keep the site alive and community connected is…"
Mar 8
Ron Myhr commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'Sex in Country and Rap is the Same'
"It is useful to step back just a little bit in order to get some alternate perspectives here.  One of the central issues is the roles that men and women can adopt in society.  There is a long history of research into what is formally…"
Mar 4
Gillian Turnbull commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'Sex in Country and Rap is the Same'
"Thanks for your comments, everyone. Jack, I'm glad the lyrics sailed past your son for now; the riff is catchy (it came up in my religion class last week as a comparison to a Cheb Mami song I played). Also, your original 'old…"
Mar 4
Rick Schoff commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'Sex in Country and Rap is the Same'
"I'm a 61-year-old American male and I'm a little sensitive about the "end of men" idea. Over the years, I've been more irked by the portrayal of the American male on TV, the helpless dufus of thousands of commercials and…"
Mar 4
Rex De Long replied to Gillian Turnbull's discussion 'Alt-country vs. mainstream country'
"*The Music* . . . this Americana and Alt.Country . . . has it's lineage, back through Folk and Country and all the way back to, at least, Stephen Foster.  Along the way appeared those we call Touchstones on the journey to…"
Mar 3
A blog post by Gillian Turnbull was featured

Sex in Country and Rap is the Same

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back. Temporarily, anyway. It’s been all work and responsibility here in the Turnbull house. I feel a bit like the mounds of ice at the end of my driveway, frozen up and rounded over by icy winds. Certain people might call me hard-bitten, but like the ice, you have to just tap at my exterior a bit and the warmth will flood out.And on that not-so-subtle note, might I bring the discussion around to sex.I saw this video the other day on CMT:Jeez. God. There are too…See More
Mar 3
Rick Fiddler replied to Gillian Turnbull's discussion 'Alt-country vs. mainstream country'
"Do you have examples of "mainstream" county artists?  Sounds like some make the distinction as those that are successful.  When I listen to the radio on country stations I find some I like and some I don't care for.…"
Mar 3
Jack commented on Gillian Turnbull's blog post 'Sex in Country and Rap is the Same'
"Driving my ten year old son and some of his teammates home from soccer on Friday night, Talk Dirty was on the radio (they like the Top 40 stations), the boys were humming the horn solo in unison each time during the song.  My son said to me…"
Mar 3

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The Sound of Toronto Might be NQ Arbuckle

As I ruminate on leaving Toronto, a city I’ve lived in for over 10 years, NQ Arbuckle finally releases a new album. Fitting, because their music has bracketed – and structured – my time in this city like nobody else’s.

My first introduction to the band, one that has a long-term residency on Toronto’s Six Shooter label, was around 2004. Toronto boyfriend #1 brought over The Last Supper in a Cheap Town for one of our first dates. I have no idea what we talked about that…

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Posted on April 2, 2014 at 3:00pm

On Snowden, Poverty, and Working Class Songs

I just got back from Pennsylvania, and then I went to see Billy Joel the other night, so this song is a relevant one these days.

Musicians of all stripes have long been interested in the working class. You hear it in rock:…





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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Sex in Country and Rap is the Same

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back. Temporarily, anyway. It’s been all work and responsibility here in the Turnbull house. I feel a bit like the mounds of ice at the end of my driveway, frozen up and rounded over by icy winds. Certain people might call me hard-bitten, but like the ice, you have to just tap at my exterior a bit and the warmth will flood out.

And on that not-so-subtle note, might I bring the discussion around to sex.

I saw this video the other day on CMT:…

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Posted on February 27, 2014 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Joe Nolan – Tornado (Album Review)

Star power can be the thing that transforms raw material into spectacular material. Now, I’m not comparing Joe Nolan to, say, Britney Spears. I should hope not. The newest Six Shooter artist lined up some of the best in star-making machinery to put together Tornado, and boy, did they do a great job.

But strip away all of that extra effort and what you’re left with is a set of astounding songs that, really, needed no help. Nolan is raw talent through and…

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Posted on January 28, 2014 at 7:30am

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At 5:40pm on February 4, 2012, Jason Paul Johnston said…

Nice!  Well....welcome again!  It's not much to run really, and all the people here are so nice with great taste in music :)

At 7:40am on February 4, 2012, Will James said…

Welcome to Gram Parsons InterNational ND Group, Gillian. Hope to see you at GIN V Toronto this year. Enjoy!

At 5:06pm on January 30, 2012, Jason Paul Johnston said…

Hey Gillian - you should join our little Canadian group here on ND:

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Nice posts!  I look forward to listening to that new Kathleen Edwards...

At 4:16am on April 27, 2011, Steve Hatch said…

Hello Gillian

 

      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 shatchsurvey1@yahoo.co.uk

 

Thanks very much for your time

Kind regards,

Steve

 

 

 

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: http://soundcloud.com/stevehatch

 

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 9:59am on April 21, 2010, No Depression said…
Hi there and welcome to the No Depression community! We hope you're finding everything okay. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback (here are some FAQs in case anything's confusing). Thanks for joining. Cheers!
Kim
 
 
 

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