I'm newly registered, though I've written in before when I've had info to share. I'm a fan, not a player, and in academia.
For Christmas, my wife gave me a CD copy of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's classic album, Will The Circle Be Unbroken. It will be 30 years old in October 2002. In October 1972 I was in my first semester in college. Though I'd been a high school folkie, I was a college Led Zeppelin fan, and paid little attention to the record upon its initial release. I did come to enjoy it in later years, and I'm sure enjoying it right now.
I've been thinking about in connection with the recent O Brother phenomenon. The Dirt Band record was nowhere near as successful. Still, it charted in Billboard, and was reviewed in Rolling Stone and other pop music outlets. Not bad for a record that's pretty pure old time country, and is filled with the likes of Mother Maybelle, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff and many more.
Does anyone out there have any info--or memories-- about the record's reception almost 30 years ago? Was it influential? Did we hear that it would spark still another folk revival (righ on the heels of the 60s revival)? Any circa 1972 impressions of the Dirt Band's Circle? ---Michael S