New dawn for No Depression

No DepressionNo Depression, the alternative country music publication, is to discontinue its editorial budget.

Following the launch on October 1, 2008, of NoDepression.com, now finds that it has to make a further tough decision regarding the format of its publication.

Publisher, Kyla Fairchild, said in a statement yesterday:

"While traffic to the website has been great and the response positive, we have determined that it is impossible to bring in enough revenue to support our basic business expenses, the largest chunk of that being the editorial budget. We have soldiered on for as long as we can, but are left with no choice but to discontinue the editorial budget at the present time."

While the decision is tinged with sadness, No Depression will not vanish completely.

The statement continues …………………….

"At this point the best option that we can envision is to create a No Depression community website where we will pass the torch to our readers. While our writers will continue to bring their unique expertise to the community site via regular blogging and forum discussions, we hope that No Depression may continue on as a meeting place where fans of roots music connect and share information with each other, our writers, and the artists behind the music they love."

Readers are invited to submit blogs, photos and videos via the "Connect" tab that has been added to the NoDepression.com website. Any posting will have an opportunity of being featured on the main community page, which will be updated often. The website will continue to be updated on a daily basis with a record or live review and links to the best content on the community site.

The full statement is available online.

Everyone who becomes a member of the No Depression community by next Friday, March 6, will be entered in a drawing, and two lucky winners will each receive a copy of the first No Depression bookazine signed by Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, an ND T-shirt of your choice, 10 ND back issues, two ND compilation CDs, and the Best Of No Depression anthology.

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About the Author

Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics.

A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.

He wrote the annotated series I’m On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.