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2010 No Depression Festival Lineup Announced

The bible of all things alt-country and Americana has gone through some transitions in the last few years. Like many in the media business, declining ad revenues forced the 13 year old magazine out of print in June, 2008, leaving the No Depression down but not out.

Relaunched as an online community for music fans (especially those of the Americana flavor) No Depression is pushing on and are celebrating with a summer festival in Redmond, Washington.

Acts including, The Swell Season, Lucinda Williams, Cave Singers and Alejandro Escovedo converge on Aug. 21, 2010, at Marymoor Park. Pre-sale tickets are available 10 a.m. Thursday 4/29 until 10 p.m. Friday 4/30. General ticket sales kick off on May 1.

Full line-up and details at NoDepression.com

The Swell Season: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Lucinda Williams: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Cave Singers: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Alejandro Escovedo: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

The Cave Singers – Welcome Joy

The Cave Singers - Welcome JoyThe Cave SingersWelcome Joy (Matador)

Hard to believe, but the Cave Singers have Pretty Girls Make Graves in their family tree. As you can probably surmise by my amazement, there’s little comparison between the two as the Cave Singers forgo any inclination of punk revival (like PGMG) and ponder dirt roads, rolling fields, and red barns instead.

It’s that Americana surprise that draws you into their second full-length, Welcome Joy, and there’s some interesting things that may get you to revisit it a time or two. But those repeated spins also begin to open up some major concerns on authenticity. To put it bluntly, there’s just something that doesn’t feel right about this. To date, I’ve only had one friend move from Seattle to the rural comforts of Iowa, and that was for spiritual purposes. So when Seattle native and lead-Cave Singer Derek Fudesco starts donning overalls, adding washboards to the mix and singing “I’m in the field / The summer is gone” (“Hen Of The Woods”), forgive me for wondering if he’s not being completely honest with us on his true longitude.

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