Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Part 3

Album #160 - August 1972

Episode date - September 15, 2021

The Alternative Top 40
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    In addition to the artistic success of this remarkable album, there were social high points as well.

    “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” stood as evidence that the generation could be tamed if it was approached with respect and an open mind. As a rock and roll band that played traditional instruments, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members already stood in awe of these artists who influenced them in so many ways, but they needed to prove themselves in order to make the reverse true.

    By all accounts they succeeded handily, and the evidence is in these recordings. On a more personal level, perhaps the most remarkable social matchup occurred when Merle Travis met Doc Watson for the first time during these sessions, when Watson had the opportunity that he named his own son Merle in his honor. That moment was caught on tape and is part of the recording that we hear as we play the finale of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

    Featured tracks include:

    Lost Highway

    Doc Watson and Merle Travis First Meeting

    Way Downtown

    Down Yonder

    Pins and Needles

    Honky Tonk Blues

    Sailin’ on to Hawaii

    I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

    I am a Pilgrim

    Wildwood Flower

    Soldier’s Joy

    Will the Circle Be Unbroken

    Both Sides Now

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