'Can The Circle Be Unbroken' on 'Bluegrass for Beginners'? Of course not.

Posted by David Menconi on September 15, 2013 

Original 1927 recording

MICHEL VUIJLSTEKE

There's no way we could do a countdown like this without something from the Carter Family -- like “Can the Circle Be Unbroken,” which Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter rewrote from the 1908 spiritual “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” It’s one of the most enduring songs of the American roots-music canon. In the early 1970s, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band collaborated with Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and other venerable country and folk stars on its landmark hippie-country summit “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” a then-unheard-of three-disc album. Here we have a latter-day version by the Dirt Band with many famous friends.

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