Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Part 2

Album #160 - July 1972

Episode date - September 8, 2021

The Alternative Top 40

    It is very easy to assess the reason why this album grew in stature from when it was first released.

    Young fans of rock and roll were more than happy to follow the progress of their favorite artists through the ‘60s and ‘70s, but once music started to change in the mid-to-late ‘70s, their interest faded significantly. Rather than follow trends of a subsequent generation as the music became more and more diluted and/or without roots, a lot of music lovers started digging through the past to discover artists who were influential on the music that they loved.

    “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” is a major touchstone in that regard, introducing a younger generation to discover and appreciate artists who predated their previous period of interest. As time passed, so did a lot of the performers on this album, making the album more of a keepsake representation of something that could never again be duplicated.

    Featured tracks for this show include:

    I Saw the Light

    Sunny Side of the Mountain

    Nine-Pound Hammer

    Losin’ You (Might Be the Best Thing Yet)

    Honky Tonkin’

    You Don’t Know My Mind

    My Walkin’ Shoes

    Lonesome Fiddle Blues

    Cannonball Rag


    Flint Hill Special

    Togary Mountain

    Earl’s Breakdown

    Orange Blossom Special

    Wabash Cannonball

    July 1972 - Billboard Charted #68

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