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“Speak Up!” digs into the long tradition of roots music as a voice for the voiceless, a tool for social change, and a universal language. The issue contains essays by artists, who have written about how they’ve used music to speak up – for themselves, for others, and for issues that concern us all. There’s a deep exploration of race in country music, a history of music programs in prisons, a conversation with John Prine about how his story-songs have changed minds, and retrospectives about how speaking up cost artists like the Weavers and the Dixie Chicks a large portion of their audience.

Long Features

What happened to the Weavers?
A conversation with John Prine
Jail Guitar Doors USA and music in Texas prisons
Thirteen years since the Dixie Chicks’ stage banter heard ‘round the world
Exploring race in country music

Short Features

Johnny Dowd and Hamell on Trial
Chuck Hawthorne
Anais Mitchell’s “Hadestown”
An organizing history of “We Shall Overcome”
Erin McKeown and Kaia Kater
The Kennedys
How rising rents squeeze out artists
Little Village Foundation
How artists respond to controversial laws


Essays by Musicians

Eliza Gilkyson
Mary Gauthier
Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
Scott Miller
Mark Erelli
Allison Moorer


Photographs

Todd Gunsher
C. Elliott
Kirk Stauffer
Amos Perrine
Steve Ford

Illustrations

Drew Christie
Howard Rains
Colin Sutherland

Cover art and collection of political cartoons from 1938-39

Courtesy of Woody Guthrie Archive

Buy direct from the FreshGrass Foundation
to support innovative roots music.

Support your local community by purchasing
No Depression at the following stores.

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“Speak Up!” digs into the long tradition of roots music as a voice for the voiceless, a tool for social change, and a universal language. The issue contains essays by artists, who have written about how they’ve used music to speak up – for themselves, for others, and for issues that concern us all. There’s a deep exploration of race in country music, a history of music programs in prisons, a conversation with John Prine about how his story-songs have changed minds, and retrospectives about how speaking up cost artists like the Weavers and the Dixie Chicks a large portion of their audience.

Long Features

What happened to the Weavers?
A conversation with John Prine
Jail Guitar Doors USA and music in Texas prisons
Thirteen years since the Dixie Chicks’ stage banter heard ‘round the world
Exploring race in country music

Short Features

Johnny Dowd and Hamell on Trial
Chuck Hawthorne
Anais Mitchell’s “Hadestown”
A history of “We Shall Overcome”
Erin McKeown and Kaia Kater
The Kennedys
How rising rents squeeze out artists
Little Village Foundation
How artists respond to controversial laws

Essays by Musicians

Eliza Gilkyson
Mary Gauthier
Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)
Scott Miller
Mark Erelli
Allison Moorer

Photographs

Todd Gunsher
C. Elliott
Kirk Stauffer
Amos Perrine
Steve Ford

Illustrations

Drew Christie
Howard Rains
Colin Sutherland

Cover art and collection of political cartoons from 1938-39

Courtesy of Woody Guthrie Archive

Buy direct from the FreshGrass Foundation
to support innovative roots music.

Support your local community by purchasing
No Depression at the following stores.