Album #255 – Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Album #255

This album affirmed something that I hold very valuable in my life. Music can bring people together of all ages, races, creeds and backgrounds and unite them in a common goal. That is exactly what this album does. It may be a very long album but it shows how valuable having Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs and all the other older musicians was to the success of this album. I loved the fact that in between songs, there was also the musicians talking, sharing stories, enjoying each other’s company and having an amazing time. This album was only recorded in a week and all of the songs were recorded in one or two takes, live to tape. All of the songs, with the exception of an amazing instrumental cover of Both Sides Now, are all traditional Country songs with many of the songs written by the elder performer’s themselves. One of the sides of this album is all traditional instrumentals including Orange Blossom Special and Wabash Cannonball. This was a great break in this album. Hearing this album takes me back to my childhood and hearing songs like I Saw The Light and Will The Circle Be Unbroken for the first time. This album can be compared to the soundtrack of the 2001 film, O Brother Where Art Thou? in terms of sound. I also enjoyed this album because it reminds me of the type of music I really like. The type of music that is represented on this album, Traditional Country music, is still represented in music today in the Alt-Country/Americana/Roots Rock/Folk scene. This is my favorite type of new music because it has not been tampered with by the major labels and the artists within this category of new music stay true to their music and themselves. Even though the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band looked like hippies, they fit right in with their heroes because they loved the music as much, if not more than their elders. This is what makes music so great. I wish music could get back to this and that a contemporary band could get together with their heroes and record an album like this. Hopefully, this will happen in the not to distant future. Other highlights include: Keep On The Sunny Side (sung by Mother Maybelle Carter), Wildwood Flower (also sung by Mother Maybelle), Wreck On The Highway and Cannonball Rag. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.

Next: Talking Book by Stevie Wonder!!!!

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