• What is Old Shall Be New Again: Happy Birthday Mr. Cash

    28 Feb 2006, 23:41 by jcshepard

    Johnny Cash would have been 74 years old this past Sunday. One by one, the musical legends of this greatest generation are crossing the River for a better land. Janette Carter, June Carter Cash's cousin and member of the original Carter Family Fold, passed away this January. (Marianne Ebertowski interviewed Janette in 2002 Rockzilla World - Marianne shares Johnny's birthday; if you see anything she writes, read it). I am a bit of a traditionalist, conservative in my tastes and habits, yet in our modernist society I find myself a rebel for sticking to tradition. I am certainly contrary. I don't like media or industry telling me who or what or when or where.

    Johnny Cash & friends were nothing if not contrary. The Carter Family hit the road touring when there was no road. I won't even go into the scandal of ladies in the band, smoking cigarettes and cavorting with mixed races, good Methodists that they were! These men and women brought an original sound down off the mountain and out of the delta…
  • No Depression #62 - Still mostly alt.country... whatever that is

    27 Feb 2006, 18:52 by jcshepard

    No Depression magazine is one of my must-reads. About 6 years ago I nixed my subscription to Wired when they went corportate just before the dot.bomb and pony'd up for ND, named after Uncle Tupelo's debut album No Depression, itself an old Carter Family standard.

    The ND tag used to read "alt.country... whatever that is". I still like that better than the current "Surveying the Past, Present, and Future of American Music". What the heck does that mean? I think it means the publishers got bored fawning over creators--how many covers can Jay Farrar and Lucinda Williams adorn? Maybe they're going corporate, too. Maybe they felt the advert pressures from alternate alternates, like Harp. They have wandered a bit far afield even of for my taste, but it's still required reading for modern Roots Music.

    ND does best when Peter Blackstock & Grant Alden make you sit down and read the magazine more like a novel than a comic book. …