For No Depression, style was substance.
Alas, time has run out for the last great music magazine in which writing about music was the Main Event.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of Paste. But Paste is a very busy magazine, and sometimes it’s a challenge to get past the wild and crazy designs to actually read the text. No Depression was a consistent, dependable delivery of passionate perspective on music every single time, with no razzle nor dazzle. It was in the pages of No Depression that I discovered Whiskeytown, Lizz Wright, and many other favorites. To this day, there hasn’t been a better article about Sam Phillips than the one chronicling the story behind Fan Dance and A Boot and a Shoe.
I will miss No Depression. The punchline for this story is just too obvious.