Team

Chris Wadsworth, Publisher

Chris is the publisher of No Depression and the CEO of FreshGrass LLC and the FreshGrass Foundation. He started his music career as a bluegrass singer and guitarist. He worked as a picker at Rounder Records in 1991 before dropping out of the New England Conservatory to follow his accountant instinct into 20 years of financial sector work. All that led him full circle back into rootsy music via ND and FreshGrass. He lives in San Francisco, CA, with his kids.

Kim Ruehl, Editor

Kim has had her hands in the rootsy music world for 20 years – first as a singer-songwriter and then writing for publications like Billboard, NPR, Folk Alley, and more. She came on board at ND as news editor right after it went online-only in 2008, and has hung on tight ever since. She now lives in a co-housing community in Asheville, NC, with her family. She’s pretty sure nobody writes better songs than Patty Griffin, John Prine, Steve Earle, and Paul Simon.

Stacy Chandler, Copy Editor and Social Media Editor

Stacy came to No Depression through an ad in the newsletter, after fifteen years in the arena of newspaper editing, writing, and design. While she still maintains a busy roster of freelance clients and frequently writes lifestyle and human interest stories for her local paper, Stacy plays fiddle and loves trekking into the mountains to attend Merlefest every year. She lives outside of Raleigh, N.C., with her husband and daughter, and is excited that the IBMA has chosen Raleigh as the new home for its annual conference and festival. She counts Jason Isbell, Old 97s, and Lucinda Williams records among her favorites of all time.

Sonja Nelson, Ad Sales

After 26 years as a “music industry widow” – working in education, advertising, and corporate development – Sonja joined the ND staff in 2014 to sell ads and to work with the labels who work with the artists she loves the most. She says: “The collaboration between Bernie Taupin and Elton John changed my life, and ‘Indian Sunset’ off of Madman still brings me to tears every time I hear it. Music of any genre is a beautiful thing. No Depression offers the ability to read about it, share about it, and have my musical horizons broadened on a daily basis.”