Landmark CD–40th Anniversary To Be Feature at World of Bluegrass!

Image634788181299986925IBMA Conference to feature a very special 40th anniversary celebration of Will The Circle Be Unbroken, a landmark recording that helped put bluegrass music on the international map.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Though it’s still in the works, the 2012 WORLD of BLUEGRASS in Nashville, September 24-30, 2012, includes an enticing itinerary of unforgettable bluegrass events, most notably, a very special 40th anniversary celebration of Will The Circle Be Unbroken,  the first collaboration CD from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and some of Country and Bluegrass’ pioneers. 

The landmark CD became a cult-classic over time and based upon it’s success, the Dirt Band subsequently produced two more CDs and a PBS Television documentary under the same title.   

On Wednesday, September 26, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., IBMA’s World of Bluegrass business conference will include a celebration, discussion and Q&A session dedicated to Will The Circle Be Unbroken.

Released in 1972, this landmark recording brought Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Vassar Clements, Bashful Brother Oswald Kirby, Norman Blake, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, and others into a studio with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a popular country-folk-rock group, to record a triple album that made music history.

The recording was an irresistible bridge to bluegrass and traditional country music for rock audiences.

Hosted by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the celebration will also feature remarkable, rarely-seen photographs of the recording sessions, most shot by producer William McEuen.

Image634788173767316081For more information on World of Bluegrass, visit www.ibma.org, join IBMA’s Facebook group, or call 615-256-3222 (888-GET-IBMA).

Ten years ago, the band issued a 30th anniversary edition of the original material remastered and digitized.   The special edition is still available at most retail and download outlets.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band website has special 40th Anniversary “Circle” Tee-Shirts on sale at $25. ea.

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