Lonesome Onry and Mean

Lonesome Onry and Mean: You Can't Kill No Depression

Back before the print edition folded, alt-country bi-monthly No Depression began an online site and announced intentions to eventually archive all of the magazine's 15 years of content. Music and publishing economics forced the publishers to shut down even the online version of the magazine before all the content could be uploaded.

But this week, the wait is over.

It's funny what you can begin to take for granted, but LOM has been digging back through the issues this afternoon and finds ourselves once again somewhat in awe of the amount of timely content the magazine generated over 15 years. Yes, its mission was to promote alt-country (whatever that is), so sometimes the praise could be a little over-the-top. But with its system of regional editors, the magazine became a vital resource for those of us interested in emerging regional acts.

It was through ND that I learned about bands like the Avett Brothers long before they ever played a show in Texas. And where else were we ever going to hear of David Childers and David Olney? Browse long enough and you might even find a link to some stuff by a guy who writes regularly for the Houston Press.

Anyway, I for one am glad to see this content available online. And it's free! No Depression chronicled an interesting era and a bona fide phenomenon the bloom off which has faded. It's nice to be able to get that back if you want it or need it.

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