Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Vol. 3 CD (2002)

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Another fine volume of roots and guests

by redtunictroll@hotmail.com on 12/1/2002

While this third volume couldn’t possibly be the ground-breaking release that was 1972’s initial Circle, it wears the legacy well. Thirty years down-the-line, the Dirt Band are no longer the eager young turks of 1972, nor is this sort of inter-generational tribute to roots a new concept. In the decades since the first Circle, what was once novel is now more commonplace, and though the familiarity does lessen the impact, it doesn’t lessen the quality or value of the music. In addition to the Dirt Band, the first Circle is reprised in the playing and singing of Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Vassar Clements. Notably missing are Roy Acuff, Merle Travis and Mother Maybelle, though the latter two are celebrated in song -- Travis by Doc Watson’s recitation of I Am a Pilgrim, and Carter by Johnny Cash’s newly-penned Tears in the Holston River. The historical resonance that’s been lost to the passing of legends is renewed by several family gatherings, including performances from Del, Robbie and Ronnie McCoury, Doc and Richard Watson, John and Jonathan McCuen (the former of whom only recently returned after an extended absence from the Dirt Band’s lineup), Jeff and Jaime Hanna, and Jimmy and Ray Martin. The passing of the torch, first from Nashville’s pioneers to a new generation, and now from that generation to it’s children, shows the Circle to really be a link in a chain. The new blood on this volume features established stars like Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam and Tom Petty. A few lesser-known (but no less talented) artists, Iris Dement and songwriter Matraca Berg, are joined by legends Taj Mahal, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. It’s a fine lineup of talent, but their careers (often built directly in opposition to the Nashvillization of country music), not to mention their familiarity with the first two Circle volumes, lend this set a somewhat self-conscious air. Dwight Yoakam’s tilled similar soil on his solo albums, consequently his contributions sound as much like Dwight Yoakam as they do back-to-the-roots Circle inventions (not that this is a bad thing, of course). Petty is mostly superfluous duetting with Willie Nelson on Goodnight Irene, but Berg, who’s best known for her songwriting (e.g., Deana Carter’s Strawberry Wine), gets a chance to show off a rootsy side that’s only sporadically made it onto her solo efforts. Her duet with Emmylou Harris (on Berg’s own Oh Cumberland) is a highlight, as are Vince Gill’s gospel All Prayed Up and Taj Mahal’s Fishin’ Blues. In a year that’s seen a deluxe reissue of the first Circle album, volume three can’t help but pale slightly in comparison. But taken on its own, this is a fine album of singing and song, one that heeds (if not really expands upon) the first set’s principles. Read More

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Label Capitol Records
SKU 60568724
UPC 724354017704
UPC 14 00724354017704
Format CD
Release Date 10/1/2002
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Author Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Compilation Appearance Appalachian Stomp-Bluegrass Cl
Compilation Appearance Folk Live From Mountain Stage (Live)
Compilation Appearance Best Of Bluegrass
Compilation Appearance Telluride Bluegrass Festival:thirty
Compilation Appearance 32 Country Gospel Favorites
Compilation Appearance Bluegrass Top 20 Gospel Songs Of Ohe
Compilation Appearance Casey Kasem: Driving In The 70's
Compilation Appearance Where The Action Is Los Angeles Nugge
Compilation Appearance Singers Songwriters
Compilation Appearance Icon:country
Compilation Appearance Country Daze:15 Original Hits
Compilation Appearance Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City
Technical Info
Engineer John Carter Cash; Ron "Snake" Reynolds
CatalogID 5401770
Lable Name Liberty (USA)
Released 10/01/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 106m : 54s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724354017704
Musical Guests
Alison Krauss
Taj Mahal
Randy Scruggs
Willie Nelson
Emmylou Harris
Dwight Yoakam
Johnny Cash
Vince Gill
Del McCoury
Rob McCoury
Ronnie McCoury
Doc Watson
Josh Graves
Richard Watson
Jimmy Martin
Iris DeMent
Earl Scruggs
June Carter Cash
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Album Notes and Credits
Disc 2 is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Jimmy Ibbotson (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, snare, drum box, percussion box); Jeff Hanna (vocals, guitar, National guitar); Bob Carpenter (vocals, accordion); John McEuen (banjo, mandolin); Jimmie Fadden (harmonica).
Additional personnel includes: Del McCoury, Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, Iris Dement, Dwight Yoakam, Jaime Hanna, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Martin, Matraca Berg, Vince Gill (vocals, guitar); Taj Mahal (vocals, Archtop guitar); Sam Bush, Ricky Scaggs (vocals, mandolin); June Carter Cash (vocals, autoharp); Alison Krauss (vocals, fiddle); Richard Watson, Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs; Tony Rice (guitar); Josh Graves, Jerry Douglas (dobro); Vassar Clements (fiddle); Dan Dugmore (dobro); Ray Martin (mandolin, background vocals); Ronnie McCoury (mandolin); Glen Duncan (fiddle); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Byron House, David Jackson, Glen Worf (upright bass); The Nashville Bluegrass Band.
Producers: Randy Scruggs, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Recorded at Scruggs Sound Studio, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Jack Hurst.
"Roll The Stone Away" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. "Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Glory, Glory)" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals.
Personnel: Jeff Hanna (vocals, guitar, National guitar, mandolin, accordion, washboard); Jimmy Ibbotson (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, snare drum, percussion, drum programming); Del McCoury, Doc Watson, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent, Jaime Hanna, Jimmy Martin , Johnny Cash, Jonathan McEuen, Matraca Berg, Rodney Dillard, Tom Petty, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Pat Enright (vocals, guitar); Taj Mahal (vocals, acoustic guitar); Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush (vocals, mandolin); Alison Krauss (vocals, fiddle); Bob Carpenter (vocals, accordion); June Carter Cash (vocals); Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs (guitar, banjo); Richard Watson, Tony Rice (guitar); Dan Dugmore, Jerry Douglas , Josh Graves (dobro); John McEuen (banjo, mandolin); Alan O'Bryant, Rob McCoury (banjo); Mike Compton, Ray Martin, Ronnie McCoury (mandolin); Glen Duncan , Stuart Duncan, Vassar Clements (fiddle); Jimmie Fadden (harmonica, snare drum, drum programming); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Glenn Worf, Kevin Grant, Barry Bales, Byron House, Dennis Crouch, David P. Jackson (upright bass).
Audio Mixer: Ron Reynolds.
Recording information: SCruggs Sound Studio, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Katherine Bomboy; Mike McNamara.
Unknown Contributor Role: Jimmy Ibbotson.
Arranger: Randy Scruggs.
In 1972, California folk-rockers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded what today might be regarded as the precursor to the jillion-selling pop-bluegrass crossover phenomenon that was the 2000 soundtrack to O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU. They gathered together with some of America's finest (and oldest) bluegrass, folk, and country musicians for a generational summit/musical history lesson that reached both the country and pop audiences. In 1989, the Dirt band released a well-regarded, similarly constructed second volume, and on the 30th anniversary of Volume One, they have an entirely successful third go at it.
The fare on offer is stictly old-timey, as one would expect/hope; even if only a handful of the tunes are strictly traditional, most go back to the glory days of American roots music. Seasoned bluegrass veterans like Doc Watson and Jimmy Martin are on hand to mix up with the Dirt Band as well as more contemporary (but equally tradition-minded) country artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Alison Krauss, and Jerry Douglas. As with the previous volumes, the spontaneous, rough-and-ready production gives an appropriately authentic, back-porch feel to the impressive and generous (28 songs) compendium of great American roots music on offer here.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.93) - "...[With] so many good moments..."
Disc 1
1 Take Me In Your Lifeboat - (featuring Del McCoury/Rob McCoury/Ronnie McCoury),Fishin' Blues - (featuring Taj Mahal/Vassar Clements)
2 Milk Cow Blues - (featuring Doc Watson/Richard Watson/Josh Graves),Save It, Save It - (featuring Jimmy Martin)
3 I Find Jesus,Wheels - (featuring Dwight Yoakam)
4 Hold Watcha Got - (featuring Jimmy Martin),Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms - (featuring Willie Nelson)
5 Mama's Opry - (featuring Iris DeMent),Oh Cumberland - (featuring Matraca Berg/Emmylou Harris)
6 Diamonds In The Rough - (featuring June Carter Cash/Earl Scruggs),I Am A Pilgrim - (featuring Doc Watson/Richard Watson)
7 Lonesome River - (featuring Sam Bush),Sallie Ann - (TRUE instrumental, featuring Earl Scruggs)
8 Some Dark Holler - (featuring Dwight Yoakam),Catfish John - (featuring Alison Krauss)
9 Lowlands, The - (featuring Jaime Hanna/Jonathan McEuen),Roll The Stone Away
10 Love, Please Come Home - (featuring Del McCoury/Ronnie & Rob McCoury),All Prayed Up - (featuring Vince Gill)
11 Goodnight Irene - (featuring Willie Nelson/Tom Petty),Return To Dismal Swamp II - (TRUE instrumental, featuring Jerry Douglas/Glen Duncan/Ronnie McCoury/Tony Rice)
12 I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome - (featuring Nashville Bluegrass Band),There Is A Time - (featuring Rodney Dillard/Ricky Skaggs)
13 I'll Be Faithful To You - (featuring Emmylou Harris),Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Glory, Glory) - (featuring Taj Mahal/Alison Krauss/Doc Watson)
14 Tears In The Holston River - (featuring Johnny Cash),Farther Along - (TRUE instrumental, featuring Randy Scruggs)
Disc 2
1 Take Me In Your Lifeboat - (featuring Del McCoury/Rob McCoury/Ronnie McCoury),Fishin' Blues - (featuring Taj Mahal/Vassar Clements)
2 Milk Cow Blues - (featuring Doc Watson/Richard Watson/Josh Graves),Save It, Save It - (featuring Jimmy Martin)
3 I Find Jesus,Wheels - (featuring Dwight Yoakam)
4 Hold Watcha Got - (featuring Jimmy Martin),Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms - (featuring Willie Nelson)
5 Mama's Opry - (featuring Iris DeMent),Oh Cumberland - (featuring Matraca Berg/Emmylou Harris)
6 Diamonds In The Rough - (featuring June Carter Cash/Earl Scruggs),I Am A Pilgrim - (featuring Doc Watson/Richard Watson)
7 Lonesome River - (featuring Sam Bush),Sallie Ann - (TRUE instrumental, featuring Earl Scruggs)
8 Some Dark Holler - (featuring Dwight Yoakam),Catfish John - (featuring Alison Krauss)
9 Lowlands, The - (featuring Jaime Hanna/Jonathan McEuen),Roll The Stone Away
10 Love, Please Come Home - (featuring Del McCoury/Ronnie & Rob McCoury),All Prayed Up - (featuring Vince Gill)
11 Goodnight Irene - (featuring Willie Nelson/Tom Petty),Return To Dismal Swamp II - (TRUE instrumental, featuring Jerry Douglas/Glen Duncan/Ronnie McCoury/Tony Rice)
12 I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome - (featuring Nashville Bluegrass Band),There Is A Time - (featuring Rodney Dillard/Ricky Skaggs)
13 I'll Be Faithful To You - (featuring Emmylou Harris),Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Glory, Glory) - (featuring Taj Mahal/Alison Krauss/Doc Watson)
14 Tears In The Holston River - (featuring Johnny Cash),Farther Along - (TRUE instrumental, featuring Randy Scruggs)

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