Whether you call this music roots, folk, or Americana, great songwriting is at its core. We look for songwriting that's honest and relatable, beautiful and raw. We look for songs that say the things we can't find the words for ourselves. So for the Winter 2017 issue of No Depression, we talked to some of the finest songwriters in this field about what drives them and their work. Whether it's Janis Ian writing about the value of silence, Ani DiFranco talking about learning how to stop worrying, or the Avett Brothers discussing the songs they'll never perform, this issue will draw you deeper into the craft of songwriting.
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Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton
PLUS: Photography by Rose Cousins and essays by Janis Ian, Allison Moorer, and David Olney.
Illustrations by Jenny Ritter, Drew Christie, and Colin Sutherland.