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Jim the Bart Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol I (25) RE: Dirt Band's Unbroken Circle-Influential? 28 Dec 01

IT was big for me. I had begun listening to all things country, coming at it from a folk and brit invasion direction, and the Dirt Bands take on Hank Williams, Merle Travis and the Carter Family hit me just about right. Vassar Clements was a revelation.

After a while, as I began to uncover the real thing, these tracks began to sound a little too polished and cleaned up. Now, listeneing to them again on CD, they sound pretty damn good.

Don't discount the second Circle album too quickly. The first set introduced a tradition. The idea with the second one, as I see it anyway, was to see more modern branches of that tradition. The music may not compare - in authenticity, at least - with the first, but it is still valid on its own terms.

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