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Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2

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In the second installment of their seminal cross-cultural experiment, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band move on from the roots of country music to its next generation. Contemporary voices like Levon Helm, Bruce Hornsby, John Prine, and John Hiatt join all-time greats like Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, and Johnny Cash on a set of 20 songs that includes gospel and bluegrass traditionals as well as modern-day spins on Cajun, country, and folk. The musicianship is terrific, featuring Nashville pros like Jerry Douglas and the late great Vassar Clements, and there’s not a phoned-in vocal in the bunch. Bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin attacks “I’m Sittin’ on Top of the World” with his usual infectious enthusiasm, Helm has rarely sounded as soulful as on “When I Get My Rewards,” and John Hiatt’s duet with Rosanne Cash, “One Step Over the Line,” ranks with the best of both artists’ work. Heck, even John Denver (John Denver!) turns in a likable, understated performance on the minor country-radio hit “And So It Goes.” No one’s making history this time around, but Circle, Vol. Two forms a tuneful branch on the country/rock family tree.

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Phenomenally great!

This collection won three Grammy Awards and was the Country Music Association's "Album of the Year" in 1989. It is, quite simply, one of the best recordings of all time, in any genre! How about this lineup? Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, John Hiatt, John Prine, Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, John Denver (incredible!), Paulette Carlson (Highway 101), Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman (The Byrds, insane good!), Michael Martin Murphy. Traditionalists and purists tend to think Vol. 1 was better, but it doesn't have the variety of musicmanship and stunning singing that runs throughout Vol. 2. I've been a fan of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for more than 30 years, and this is their masterpiece!

Lucky Winner

Yeah- I was around 14 or 15 years old when this album came out... and 61 Country (Kansas City) had a contest... if you were the first caller to name all the guys in the group... you would win a free copy of this tape.. well guess who won? yep.. me... and I was SOOOOOO happy... another awesome tape that I wore out... lol :)

Will the Circle be Unbroken is great

This is the best country band playing many great songs that remind me of happy, sad, fun-filled, and helps me cope with my troubles every day. If you are a country lover, this album you must have because it is phenominal.


Formed: 1966 in Long Beach, CA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Founded in California during 1966, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have lasted longer than virtually any other country-based rock group of their era. Younger contemporaries of the Byrds, they played an almost equally important role in the transformation from folk-rock into country-rock, and were an influence on such bands as the Eagles and Alabama. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's beginnings lay with the New Coast Two, a folk duo consisting of Jeff Hanna (guitar, vocals) and Bruce Kunkel (guitar, washtub...
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