BONUS TRACKS: Food Matters and Gifts That Do Good
"Meet Me at the Table," from Nathaniel Rateliff's The Marigold Project, collects recipes from musicians, profiles of food justice organizations, and essays. (Photo by AJ Carrillo)
You might still be working through your Thanksgiving leftovers, but when you’re ready to think about cooking again, you should check out a new cookbook called Meet Me at the Table. Published earlier this month by Nathaniel Rateliff’s The Marigold Project, the book features recipes from musicians, profiles of food justice organizations across the country, and essays from food activists that shed light on America’s food history and efforts to address inequities in our food systems. Contributing artists include John Prine, Amythyst Kiah, Courtney Marie Andrews, Fantastic Negrito, Adia Victoria, Nikki Lane, and The War and Treaty’s Tanya Trotter. Learn more and order a copy here.
If listening to Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” is part of your Thanksgiving tradition, spare a thought for Alice herself, who is in her late 70s and has fallen on hard times. Read more about Alice and what came after the events in Guthrie’s song in this piece from Boston public radio station WBUR, and, if you feel so moved, check out the GoFundMe campaign her friends have launched.
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for a music lover in your life who has everything, the Americana Music Association is conducting an auction of hand-written lyrics through Tuesday. Participating artists include Allison Moorer (who created a lovely illustrated sheet for her song “Heal”), Billy Bragg (“Tomorrow’s Going to Be a Better Day”), Courtney Marie Andrews (“Burlap String” with doodles!), Gretchen Peters (“On a Bus to St. Cloud”), Indigo Girls (“Closer to Fine”), Jim Lauderdale (“King of Broken Hearts”), Lori McKenna (“Girl Crush”), and Margo Price (“Hands of Time”). Proceeds raise money for the Association’s nonprofit activities to support roots music.
If you missed the Grammy nomination announcement earlier this week, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of categories curated for roots music fans.
And if you’re doing some Black Friday shopping today, don’t forget your local record store! Here are the special releases that caught the eye of No Depression. You can find the full list of Record Store Day releases – over 130 of them! – here. (Speaking of Black Friday, we’re running some specials of our own. Check here for ways you can support No Depression and the FreshGrass Foundation!)
WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO
Here’s a sampling of the songs, albums, bands, and sounds No Depression staffers have been into this week:
Hal Ketchum (RIP)
Sarah Jarosz – “Up in the Clouds,” written for NPR Morning Edition’s Song Project, which invites artists to create songs about life in the COVID-19 era
Bonny Light Horseman’s self-titled album and Hiss Golden Messenger’s Terms of Surrender, both Grammy nominated
Phoebe Bridgers’ lovely cover of Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December,” which is about as fine a way to kick off the 2020 holiday season as we can think of: