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No Depression: Fall 2021 "Ghosts"

No Depression: Fall 2021 "Ghosts"

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No Depression is ready for “spooky season” with the Fall 2021 issue! Called “Ghosts,” this edition’s stories highlight roots music folklore, legendary figures, forgotten histories, and contemporary musicians keeping these ethereal traditions alive. Of course, this genre of music has its share of ghosts — from characters in old standards to the many injustices that stymie equality in the music industry — and this issue doesn't shy away from them either. 

Included in this issue:

  • Grace Lands: Elena Passarello - Katie Moulton
  • At the Crossroads: Setting the record straight on Robert Johnson's myth and mystery - Erin Osmon
  • The Musical Spirit of St. Louis - Missouri Historical Society
  • Questions of the Heart: Hiss Golden Messenger finds the timeless in what we experience together - Matt Williams
  • Grace Lands: Trapper Schoepp - Katie Moulton
  • 'Spirit Children': Celebrating the work of Native musicians while looking ahead - Chuck Armstrong
  • Historical Markers: No-No Boy create an album steeped in Asian American history and sounds - Hilary Saunders
  • Witch-Hunting in the Modern World - Ian Brennan and Marilena Umuhoza Delli
  • The Real Omie Wise: Tracing the story behind a song that has spooked folk music fans for 200 years - Mark Kemp
  • Grace Lands: Henry Kagan - Katie Moulton
  • Visiting Other Selves: Lucy Dacus' 'Home Video' reflects who she used to be - Caitlin Wolper
  • Outrunning Ghosts: Country music and comedy help Trixie Mattel confront what matters - Claire Lobenfeld
  • A Place in the Country Cosmos: The queer reinvention of cosmic country and astrology - Shannon Nico Shreibak
  • Grace Lands: Emma Swift - Katie Moulton
  • Songs in the Air: Making music in a Northern Minnesota ghost town - Dennis Pernu
  • Another Thought Now: Inside the movement to keep Arthur Russell's music echoing on - Avery Gregurich
  • They're All Here: Family forms the foundation as Amy Helm stakes her own identity - Anne Margaret Daniel
  • Screen Door: Collecting ghost stories - Jolie Holland


  • Original design by Marcus Amaker
  • Original cover design by Tim Wakefield, Soundwaves Art Foundation
  • Inside cover art by Pearl Rachinsky for The Deep Dark Woods
  • Original photos by Anthony Mulcahy
  • Original photos by Marilena Umuhoza Delli
  • Original words and photos from the Missouri Historical Society
  • Historical photos from the Library of Congress
  • Historical photos provided by Light in the Attic Records
  • Archival materials from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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