A greatly expanded and enhanced makes its debut today, is edited by No Depression co-founder Peter Blackstock and will feature contributions from many of the magazine’s longtime senior editors and contributing editors, as well as content from the magazine’s back-issue archives. The site was created by The Old State, a web design and development firm in Dallas, Texas. No Depression received significant assistance in creating the new site through contributions from its Founders Circle, a cast of more than 200 donors whose names appear on  the Founders Circle page.

A series of 15 Launch Shows will be held October 15-23  in conjunction with MusiCares, a foundation designed to assist musicians in times of financial, personal or medical crisis. Plans are also in the works for a July 2009 No Depression Festival to be held in the Seattle area.

Also appearing in early October is the first No Depression “bookazine,” part of a new twice-annual series of print publications issued through University of Texas Press. The bookazine, edited by Blackstock and ND co-founder Grant Alden, combines book and magazine elements to carry on No Depression’s tradition of publishing long-form music journalism. Launch Shows:

Oct. 15: Nick Lowe, Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Oct. 15: Alejandro Escovedo, Fine Line, Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 16: Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet, Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN
Oct. 17: Jimmy Webb, Schubas, Chicago, IL
Oct. 17: Lucinda Williams, War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Oct. 17: Chatham County Line and Thad Cockrell, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Oct. 17: Minus 5, Mission Theate, Portland, OR
Oct. 18: Minus 5 and Band Of Annuals, Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Oct. 18: James McMurtry and Mando Saenz, Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
Oct. 18: Crooked Still, Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
Oct. 19: Crooked Fingers, Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Oct. 19: Lucinda Williams, Pageant, St. Louis, MO
Oct. 20: The Duhks, Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 21: Rodney Crowell, Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
Oct. 22-23: Carrie Rodriguez, Cactus Cafe, Austin, TX

Pitchfork’s Amanda Petrusich Surveys Americana Music In New Book

Amanda Petrusich has interviewed Liz Phair and Feist for, not she turnes her talents to documenting the vast and rugged territory that is Americana.

From “It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music. (Her first book was last year’s entry on Nick Drake’s Pink Moon in the 33 1/3 series.) Part memoir and travelogue, part sociological study and piece of criticism, It Still Moves features stories and interviews that explore the history and current state of Americana, “from Elvis to Iron and Wine, the Carter Family to Animal Collective, Johnny Cash  to Will Oldham,” according to a press release.”

She’s taken on quite a task here but I look forward to reading “It Still Moves.”

A few events celebrating It Still Moves’ publication are scheduled throughout the coming months.

It Still Moves events:

09-11 Brooklyn, NY – Book Court
09-18 Brooklyn, NY – WORD
09-19 Nashville, TN – Americana Music Association Festival
09-23 New York, NY – KGB Bar
10-09 Oxford, MS – Thacker Mountain Radio
10-10 Nashville, TN – Southern Festival of Books
11-01 Austin, TX – Texas Book Festival