Nicely timed at that—the American fest is about to kick off!
By Fred Mills
In 2008 we were crushed to learn that No Depression magazine was folding after an amazing decade-plus run. (Full disclosure: I was a contributor to it.) No long after Harp magazine (which I, uh, full disclosure once more, edited) also went out of business, and it was dark time indeed for the music magazine print world. Since then we’ve lost quite a few others.
Now, though, ND is returning to print, having announced plans to resume publication several months ago. (They’ve operated online as a website/blog in the interim.) This is outstanding news all around. Below is the official press release, and meanwhile, congrats all around to the ND crew—y’all have been missed. For more details: go to NoDepression.com.
“Skirting advertising and retail distribution, No Depression’s new print era sees the definitive roots music magazine printed on 144 pages of high-quality, 100% recycled paper, using biodegradable ink. Five long features explore in-depth the stories of Jason Isbell, Dave Rawlings Machine, Greensky Bluegrass and Infamous Stringdusters, Punch Brothers, and I’m With Her. There are also 13 shorter profiles of Americana pioneers like Lucinda Williams and Robert Earl Keen as well as groundbreaking artists Valerie June and Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires. There are expansive photo essays, contributions from artists like Abigail Washburn, stunning concert photography, and original illustrations.
“The finished product feels more like a coffee table book than a glossy magazine, but that’s the point. Each new issue of No Depression is intended to be a print keepsake of great art and storytelling around American roots music. After all, we’ve always celebrated quality handmade music, and we believe handmade music deserves a quality magazine you can hold in your hand. While the 2015 issue is available individually for $20 apiece, subscription options will be available for future issues, beginning in Spring 2016.”
LIVE EVENT: No Depression Editor Kim Ruehl will be at Grimey’s Too & Howlin’ Books in Nashville on Wednesday, Sept. 16, during Americana Fest to show off the print magazine, which will be sold on site. Meet Kim and some of the writers and photographers whose work is featured in the magazine from noon to 3 p.m.