Every big city is the same to me. There is an abundance of concrete, lots of traffic, tourist attractions, and the ability to get anything you want at all hours of the day. Moscow has all of that plus faster […]
“Jason Isbell told me, ‘One thing you have to understand about about Amanda [Shires], she’s a butterfly from outer space.’” — Brandi Carlile at the Americana Music Honors & Awards Show While Amanda Shires was certainly the object of much […]
There are many reasons why an established artist might choose to crowdfund an album. I’ve explored some of these in past columns, and they include wanting to keep their own masters, performing something different than what you’re known for, and […]
I’ve never attended AmericanaFest down in Nashville. If you’re curious to know why, there’s a multitude of reasons: Buddy and Julie have never offered me their guest room and it costs too much to stay at a hotel. You’ve got […]
Somewhere between waking and dreaming Patti Smith wanders, extolling the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, puncturing the ballooning apathy of American culture following the 2016 presidential election, and looking back on, and gazing forward into, times marked by loss and measured […]
EDITOR’S NOTE: Singer-songwriter Tim Easton is visiting and playing music in Russia this month with the Forum for Cultural Engagement, in conjunction with the US State Department. This is the first of four weekly dispatches for No Depression on the people he […]
Early in the morning my sister and I drove south for about 90 minutes, picking up I-95 in New Jersey and eventually turning west. We pulled off the freeway and onto the surface streets of the Philadelphia neighborhood once touted […]
Now in its 20th year, AmericanaFest is celebrating in style. The first thing I noticed is, even more so than in previous years, the Americana Music Association taking its role as curator extremely seriously. They’ve done a superb job of […]
On Sept. 15, filmmaker Ken Burns’ series Country Music debuts on PBS stations around the country. The director, who has devoted his considerable attention to telling the stories of the national parks, the Civil War, baseball, and jazz in similar […]
Every six weeks or so, you may have noticed, I share my excitement about some new releases. This time the excitement even bigger than usual as four of the artists have showcases during next week’s AmericanaFest: Kelsey Waldon, Michaela Anne, […]
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