Real indie, real “do-it-yourself” – Down the Line is the magazine that does what it wants to.  In 2008, Steve and Matt noticed that their favorite artists (past and present) weren’t getting the attention and promotion that they deserved.  So they decided to do something about it.  But they decided to do it with no budget and no desire to make any money themselves – just to promote some great music that isn’t covered as much by the mainstream media.

You see, most magazines have to pull in subscribers and advertisers in order to make the money they need to be able to afford the cost of printing or hiring a staff.  Do away with the need for both of those, use free tools available on the Internet, and you can be free to go beyond the “flavor-of-the-month” bands that the general music zombie public demands to read about and then forget about (Matt wanted to call this magazine Ritalin, but, well – that’s a little too snarky, even for him).

Not that we are against having advertisements or the magazines that do need an income to stay a float – there is a need for those kinds of magazines.  We’d be glad to let you advertise on our pages as long as you don’t expect us to cover certain bands in return.  We just want to be an alternative to the alternative.  Whatever that means.

And we will even deliver all of this right to your email in-box. Click here to see how you can subscribe to Down the Line magazine.

So, who exactly does Down the Line cover?  Glad you asked….

Vision Statement:

Down the Line covers bands that explored the intersection between faith and art in the 1980s through the early 1990s – even though they were probably never accepted in to what is called “Contemporary Christian Music” because they were too edgy or alternative or liberal or for whatever reason. Some of these bands may still be making music today, and others may have moved on. We cover these bands (active or dormant) as well as any new projects by former members of these bands and any new bands that may have the same spirit as these bands.

Down the Line is free – we email it to you, or you can download it online. If you like our magazine – feel free to spread the word!  Please send people to the subscription page or the original download link instead of forwarding on the free PDF – that just helps us know how many people out there are reading and downloading our stuff!.


We have a Frequently Asked Questions page to answer all of those burning questions you might have.  If your question isn’t answered there, hit up the Contact page to see if we can answer it.


Matt Crosslin – editor, web design,  occasional writer

I’m a major music fan with a great wife that cheerfully indulges my taste in “weird” music.  My wife and I love to travel to strange lands, but I can’t get her to join me in watching obscure SciFi TV series from start to finish.

Steve Ruff – writer, editor, guy that makes all the connections.

I’m 34, happily married to my wife Tonia, who is also my best friend. We have three kids, they all are covered in fur and walk on all fours. Music is what moves, motivates and inspires me… ’nuff said.

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