Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Release Remastered Edition of Will the Circle Be Unbroken; Kacey Musgraves’ Debut Drops 3/19; Mike Auldridge Tribute Announced

Juli Thanki | January 23rd, 2013

  • The Hank Williams Estate “is making over 200 live performance recordings directly available to movie houses, television production companies, and advertising agencies, where before these rare live recordings had never been accessible for licensing directly from the Estate.”
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s seminal 1972 album, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, was remastered from the original analog tapes to celebrate the album’s 40th anniversary. Due out March 12 with a new liner notes essay by John McEuen, the triple LP release “features the original, Platinum-certified triple album on 180-gram vinyl, presented in faithfully restored gatefold packaging with an exclusive poster.
  • Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer, Different Park will be released March 19. (via press release)
  • Robert Kimmel interviewed Greg Cahill of Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Special Consensus for CMT Edge.
  • Randy Travis and prosecutors agreed on a plea deal in Travis’ misdemeanor assault case: “Per Travis’ attorney, Larry Friedman, the Grammy winner will receive a 90-day deferred sentence over the incident as the result of a plea of either guilty or no contest entered on Friday in a municipal court in Plano, about 20 miles north of Dallas.”
  • Rascal Flatts and Journey are teaming up for an episode of CMT Crossroads that will air after the Super Bowl.
  • Don Rhodes of The Augusta Chronicle writes about Vernon Dalhart and Dalhart’s 1911 Augusta performance as part of a traveling opera company.
  • If you’re in the DC/Northern Virginia area, you’re going to want to go to next month’s Mike Auldridge tribute concert at the Birchmere: the lineup includes Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, The Seldom Scene, Rob Ickes, and many, many more.
  • Paste premiered a new video from Overmountain Men.
  • Creg Lovett interviewed Kris Kristofferson about his new record, Feeling Mortal.
  • This year’s Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival will be held April 2-6.
  • On February 22, an American Masters episode about Sister Rosetta Tharpe will premiere nationally. Check your local PBS station’s listings.

  • Doug Waterman of American Songwriter interviewed Barry Dean, co-writer of the Little Big Town smash, “Pontoon,” about how the song came together.
  • Here’s a new Blackberry Smoke video.
  • The Fiddle Girls are “probably the hottest-sounding girl band you’ll hear all year,” writes Tim Hughes of the Witney Gazette.
  • Stuart Munro of the Boston Globe reviewed last Friday’s Iris DeMent concert.


  1. Ben Foster
    January 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Can’t wait to hear that Kacey Musgraves album! “Merry Go ‘Round” going Top 20 has got to be the coolest thing to happen on country radio in forever.

  2. Michael A.
    January 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Trace Adkins, Wynonna and Neal McCoy will set sail as part of the “Best Country Cruise Ever”?

    Ooh! How exciting! I wonder who the entertainment will be!

    • Juli Thanki
      January 24, 2013 at 6:42 am

      Somali pirates? (Fingers crossed!)

  3. Luckyoldsun
    January 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s… 1972 album, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, was remastered… to celebrate the album’s 40th anniversary.”

    Wow, that album’s older now than most of the music it celebrated was back then. Would be interesting to know if any of the original artists are still here.

  4. Barry Mazor
    January 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    On “Circle”: The Nitty Gritty guys are certainly still among us., Randy & Garry Scruggs, Norman Blake all very much with us, too..

    But the legacy artists–Merle Travis, Maybelle Carter, Jimmy Martin, Doc Watson, Vassar Clements, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Brother oswald Kirby, Junior Huskey,–every one is now gone.

  5. Jon
    January 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I don’t think Junior Huskey really qualified as a legacy artist when “Circle” was recorded, and I’d say that Vassar really didn’t, either.

    If the faithful restoration of the original leaves off the previously-unreleased material that was on the CD reissue of a few years ago, then faithfulness and 180-gram vinyl notwithstanding, it’s inferior. “You was, Jimmy…”

  6. bob
    January 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    My sister-in-law has the “Circle” album. Two of the three sleeves have reviews, one by Chet Flippo of Rolling Stone and the other by Jack Hurst of the Nashville Tennessean.

  7. Rick
    January 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I do like that album title for the new Kacey Musgraves CD a lot! Now all she needs is a song titled “I’m Going Back To My Double-Wide To Fry Something”! (lol)

    I’ll have to check out the music of “The Fiddle Girls”. Since they are based in the UK, I don’t reckon I’ll get to see them perform live any time soon. Crikey! It’s too bad they don’t look as hot as they sound, but then I’m not anyone to cast stones in that regard…

    Tonight is the live Music City Roots feed from Tamworth Australia! Unfortunately it will be streamed at 2 AM (Thursday morning) Nashville time. That’s midnight out here on the west coast, but that’s still way too late for me. Bugger!

    Favorite Story Song: “Polly Urethane” By Unknown Hinson! Nothing else even comes close! (lol)

  8. Barry Mazor
    January 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Oh all right, Jon. Was just saving space and room for needless “explanations.” I believe I answered the question that was asked.

  9. Jon
    January 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Just amplifying, Barry.

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