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R.I.P. No Depression magazine

Country Standard Time Editorial, March 2008

No Depression magazine started in 1995 to fill a perceived void in coverage of alt.-country music. That was the type of music that fell between the musical cracks - not exactly dyed in the wool, traditional country and not rock either. The magazine tended not to cover the mainstream stuff coming out of Nashville and specialized in edgy, often under the radar screen, independent acts.

The magazine had a solid run until the past year or two when the economy started turning south both for the music industry and magazines. With the downturn in music, record labels have been less inclined to advertise - the lifeline of most publications.

In February, No Depression's owners announced they were folding the magazine part of their business after the May/June issue. It obviously must have been a decision they did not want to make, but as an independent publication (kudos to them on that also - they self-funded the entire operation from the get go with no big brother behind them), they saw the handwriting on the wall.

We salute ND for its breadth and depth of coverage in being a trend setter for the type of music it covered (we have covered a chunk of the same type of music as well), doing its share in trying to publicize quality music through the years with a quality look and writing.

No Depression's demise, of course, does not mean that the music is going to go away. But it is too bad that one of the music's key proponents will not be there to support it in print.