No Depression Unveils Full Archives Online

SEATTLE, Wash. –, the online outgrowth of the former roots-music magazine No Depression, announces today the addition of an extensive “Archives” section to its website.

The historical and fully searchable database includes thousands of articles by hundreds of writers who contributed to No Depression during its 13-year run from 1995 to 2008. The Archives contain more than 99% of the content that was published in the magazine’s 75 print issues.

Collectively, the Archives are the most complete online resource of information about American roots music. In its early years, No Depression often was referred to as the “bible” of alternative-country music; the articles that established this reputation are all here, from early cover stories on the likes of Wilco and Son Volt to continued chronicles of the career arcs of acts such as Ryan Adams and his early band Whiskeytown, the Old 97’s, Neko Case, and Alejandro Escovedo.

Over time, the magazine branched out to cover a broad variety of American roots music. The archives include coverage of bluegrass acts such as Del McCoury, Jimmy Martin, and Cherryholmes; outlaw country heroes such as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Billy Joe Shaver; adventurous singer-songwriters such as Josh Ritter, Kathleen Edwards, and Patty Griffin; roots-leaning indie acts such as the Drive-By Truckers, My Morning Jacket, and Bright Eyes; and young string bands such as Old Crow Medicine Show, Crooked Still, and the Avett Brothers.

The archives includes everything from lengthy features to short profiles to record reviews to live reviews to Q&A interviews to essays to news reports and even letters to the editor. The database is searchable and sortable by single-issue, artist name, author name, and section type, with links available to purchase back-issues in cases where supply is still available.

Readers also can start or participate in discussion-threads on archival content via the community site of In addition to discussion forums and groups, the community site features reader blogs, video and audio content, event listings, news links and more.

The unveiling of the archives coincides with the first annual No Depression Festival, an all-day event on July 11 at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington, featuring Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, Patterson Hood & the Screwtopians, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, a Seattle Roots Music All-Star Revue, and Zee Avi.

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