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:
Doc Watson and Merle Travis First Meeting
Pins and Needles
Honky Tonk Blues
Sailin’ on to Hawaii
I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
I am a Pilgrim
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Both Sides Now
Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
Album #179 - September 1973
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