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No Depression? Sounds like the tagline to an ad for a new wonder drug. But the potently titled 1990 debut album by Uncle Tupelo, had nothing to do with an instant chemical solution, rather a cure… a rip-roaring parade of country punk. This supercharged young trio – with guitarist Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and bassist Jay Farrar (Son Volt) joined by Mike Heidorn on drums – had a burning desire to forge a distinctive style that paid its dues in the earnest hard luck themes, and sound, of traditional country, but infused with the blistering guitars and energies of punk rock.
The primeval power of their premiere record would go on to christen a wave of restless, ragged country-fired rock. Lee Zimmerman in Blurt Magazine writes "There are any number of landmark albums that critics are quick to label as essential, but given the fact No Depression jumpstarted an entire genre, none deserve that label more” while Jason Ankeny at All Music says the work “kick-started a revolution which reverberated throughout the American underground.”