Second issue of No Depression is out!

December 10, 2016

My second issue of No Depression is out! Designing a national music mag has been a dream, man. For real. Learn more about the issue below:

WINTER 2016: In the realm of American roots music, bluegrass is one of the forms with the most contemporary roots. Yet its players and fans carry such a fierce allegiance to it that one of their most frequent debates is whether bluegrass should adhere strictly to tradition or pull it forward. Bluegrass Beyond dives into both sides of the argument, exploring the traditions and innovations that have characterized bluegrass music from the beginning. Long features shed light on the modern history of the form through its band leaders, rhythm sections, and the women who have helped move the genre forward for decades. Some of bluegrass’s biggest innovators discuss the future of the genre, even as its sidemen honor its strongest traditions.

Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, and Sarah Jarosz discuss “What’s bluegrass music?” / Neil Rosenberg’s modern history of bluegrass music / Pioneering women of bluegrass, from Hazel & Alice to Abigail Washburn and beyond / Considering bluegrass rhythm sections / A pre-American history of the banjo / Bluegrass adventure outings

The Osborne Brothers / Tony Trischka / Parsonsfield / We Banjo 3 / Old Crow Medicine Show, Mandolin Orange, and new bluegrassers rediscover their roots / How college bluegrass programs are shaping the genre / Bluegrass covers of metal songs

Cover art by Tim Lee // The high art of jamband concert posters Illustrations by: Howard Rains, Alexie Hoffman, Jenny Ritter, and Drew Christie


Oz Records, Tuscaloosa


Boo Boo Records, San Luis Obispo
Just For The Record, Pismo Beach


Planet Bluegrass, Lyons
Twist & Shout, Denver


The Telegraph, New London


Park Avenue Records, Orlando


Rolling Stones, Norridge


Landlocked Music, Bloomington


Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville
Mellow Matt’s, Bowling Green


MASS MoCA, North Adams
Dyno Records, Newburyport


Elderly Instruments, Lansing


Left Bank Books, St. Louis


Homer’s, Omaha

New York

Rough Trade Records, Brooklyn
Spoonbill & Sugartown Books, Brooklyn

North Carolina

Downtown Books & News, Asheville
Lunchbox Records, Charlotte
The Regulator Bookshop, Durham
Scuppernong Books, Greensboro


Waiting Room Records, Normal


Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville
Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville
Grimey’s / Howlin’ Books, Nashville
Parnassus Books, Nashville


Book People, Austin
Yard Dog Art, Austin
Cactus Records, Houston