Many of country music’s most notable artists have come together for a purpose. It’s to make an amazing recording of the timeless melody, “Will the circle be unbroken? » While the song primarily centered on death, it became a standard song in gospel revivals. It was also among the commonly performed songs in different concerts and programs, including the Grand Ole Opry. Apart Johnny Cash and The Carter family, there are many country icons who have delivered the popular anthem in their signature vocals. Among them were Alison Krauss and willie nelson on their tour partnership in 2014. The list also includes Loretta LynnJoan Baez, george jones, and Kenny Rogers. Still, the list of performers is unbiased and you can add more.
In 1972, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Group recorded an album with the same title as the song. Will the circle be unbroken was the band’s seventh album. In this release is a collaborative recording of the classic tune featuring various traditional country artists. This production is the product of the band’s attempt to link two generations of musicians. Check out the other musicians who played in the recording below.
One song in many voices
English Christian hymnist Ada Ruth Habershon writes the original text of “Will the circle be unbroken? » It was then rearranged by A. P. Carter, founding member of the Carter family. This version titled “Can the circle be unbroken?” with the same structure of music and verse, has evolved considerably. Moreover, it was often recorded with its original title. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s collaborative recording also used this version. So who were these country artists invited to perform on their 1972 album? First on our list was Mother Maybelle Carter. She was joined by other traditionalists such as Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doctor WatsonMerle Travis, and Jimmy Martin, among others. You can view the names of other musicians who played in this recording from the clip.
Watch and listen to their incredible performance of the classic song below.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band released two follow-up albums, Will the circle be uninterrupted: volume II and Will the circle be uninterrupted, volume III with the same concept. In 1989, volume II won the Country Music Associationit is album of the year award. Additionally, the album brought home two Grammy Awards in 1990. These are the Best Bluegrass Recording and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
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