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"No Depression"--drawn from a vintage Carter Family song (and consequently became the name of an Uncle Tupelo album)--represents an extension of the alternative country rock genre which originated at the end of the 1960s with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers and was revived in the 1980s through the work of Jason and the Scorchers, Uncle Tupelo, and others. The genre melded country (particularly the twangy, honky tonk style exemplified by Hank Williams, Sr.) and punk.

By the time Uncle Tupelo (a band whose influence on the scene was far greater than mere sales might suggest) split off into two new groups in 1993, Wilco and Son Volt, the No Depression movement had acquired a clear-cut identity, inspiring the publication of numerous fanzines, the establishment of countless websites thoughout the world, and a new type of radio programming known as "Americana."


Top Artists and Their Recordings

The Bottle Rockets--The Bottle Rockets (1993); The Brooklyn Side (1994)

Steve Earle--Copperhead Road (1988); Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator (1990); The Hard Way (1991)

The Old 97's--Hitchhike to Rhome (1994); Wreck Your Life (1995); Fight Songs (1999)

Son Volt--Trace (1995); Straightaways (1997); Wide Swing Tremolo


Vigilantes of Love--Welcome to Struggleville (1994); V.O.L. (1994)


Wilco--A.M. (1995); Being There (1996); Summerteeth (1999)