In the wake of the tornados and armageddon, perhaps some happy news is in order. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
have released the third volume
in their Will the Circle Be Unbroken
series. This series which began
30 years ago and continued with Volume 2
in 1989, features the boys in the Dirt Band getting together with country legends like Johnny Cash
, members of the Carter Family
and Vassar Clements
and inheritors like Emmylou Harris
and Ricky Skaggs
and doing some astonishing versions of old traditional tunes, hymns and a few originals.
I'm listening to Vol. 3 right now, which features first timers like Dwight Yoakam
, the lovely Iris Dement
and even Tom Petty
, and I'm tellin' ya, it's a worthy addition to the tradition, my freinds.
Traditional music is enjoying a revival right now and that's great, but these folks have done an enormous amount to keep it alive and vital between the vogues and created some music for us in the bargain.
posted by jonmc
on Oct 2, 2002 -