No Depression - The Bi-monthly Journal of Alt- Country
#59 - September - October 2005
I'm not averse to a bit of Bluegrass in small doses although I prefer the more traditional stuff to the mainstream stuff from the likes of Alison Krauss & Union Station and this edition's cover artists Nickel Creek.
A trio consisting of Chris Thile on mandolin and siblings Sara Watkins on fiddle and vocals and Sean Watkins on guitar.and vocals. They were child prodigies appearing with Thile's father Scott from 1989 when Sean the older of the Watkins siblings was only 12.
In 2000 they met with Alison Krauss and invited her to produce their album Nickel Creek which received two Grammy nominations and led then to supporting Lyle Lovett on tour.
The 2002 follow up This Side won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. No Depression concentrates on 2005's Why Should the Fire Die? released on 8th August on the Sugar Hill label. It is not one I have or have heard but I managed to find a few of the tracks.
Jealous of the Moon was always going to feature given that it was written by Gary Louris of The Jayhawks alongside Thile.
Tomorrow is a Long Time is a Bob Dylan cover and we finish with Stumptown, an instrumental.
The band split in 2007 so members could expand their musical horizons.The inevitable reunion took place in 2014.
For the One From the Top I've gone for a proper Alt Country band Son Volt which is much more like it
I note that on this their Tenth Anniversary Spectacular that the strap line has changed from referencing Alt. Country (whatever that is) to Surveying the past,present and future of American Music.
Only a few more weeks of this series to go!
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