First Spin is a carefully chosen series of albums available for full exclusive preview only on NoDepression.com.
Visit this page to keep track of the 2-4 albums per month which will be selected for exclusive advance stream. Though the albums chosen for this feature are subject to approval from ND staff, this is a sponsored feature. First Spin features are written by ND Community Manager Kim Ruehl or by volunteer bloggers within the community as noted. Each exclusive stream will be available for a short time only (usually 1-2 weeks) after which the feed will disappear. Be sure not to miss your chance to hear some of the best new Americana/roots/indie/alt/country/rock music around, before it's available anywhere else.
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by Kim Ruehl
It's very nearly Thanksgiving, which means it might be a smidge early to talk about Christmas music, but this new album from Elizabeth Mitchell isn't teeming with your typical "Jingle Bells" repetition. It's a wonderful collection of holiday music performed with Mitchell's signature sparseness. Acoustic instruments, hand claps, and a community of skilled singers is always at…Continue
Posted on November 19, 2013 at 12:30am — 4 Comments
by Kim Ruehl
Missouri may be fly-over country for folks on the coasts, but while we're all flying high in our planes, down on the ground, Kansas City boasts a remarkable music scene. It's been home to outlaw country band the Wilders for years, with their raucous attack at music which straddles a line between bluegrass and old-school honky tonk music. If you've ever caught the Wilders live,…Continue
Posted on June 4, 2013 at 12:30am — 4 Comments
Portland-based singer-songwriter Ashleigh Flynn has been earning her way up the folk/roots/Americana totem pole for years, playing her heart out in cities around the country. Like many on the Portland scene, Flynn seems to pull from a bottomless source of inspiration - including bluegrass, country, and folk, but also indie rock and other styles - to fashion songs which are as heartfelt as they are both fun and…Continue
Posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:30am — 11 Comments
Back in the '90s, when No Depression (the magazine) was just starting to rev its engine, a little band from Raleigh, NC, called Six String Drag earned praise from Peter Blackstock. He called the band's debut album "too good to be overlooked." Six String Drag earned a few more mentions in the magazine, then split up before the decade was up.
Posted on March 28, 2013 at 8:00pm — 19 Comments