• 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. …