Featuring contributions from a wide variety of all-stars ranging from Sheryl Crow to George Jones, The Unbroken Circle was produced by John Carter Cash who also writes the liner notes for this star-studded testament to the enduring impact the Carter Family’s musical fingerprint has left on all genres of music.
Original pairings of musical groups further accentuate the appeal of this historic legacy.
Emmylou Harris with the Peasall Sisters, Shawn Colvin with Earl and Randy Scruggs and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Kris Kristofferson highlight a few of the intricate pairings of harmonies and sounds featured on this CD by some of contemporary music’s greatest names.
There is no one more qualified to document this legacy than John Carter Cash, grandson of Mother Maybelle Carter and son of June Carter and Johnny Cash. And also how fitting to include offerings from some of those so close to the original Carter family, June and Johnny Cash, both recorded before their passing in 2003, Joe and Janette Carter who carry on the tradition of the Carter Family by playing these traditional songs at the Carter Fold at the foot of the Clinch Mountains every Saturday night, and even Rosanne Cash who could not have helped but be affected by the rich and honored traditions of this simple and true music.
The Unbroken Circle makes ever more apparent the evolving and timeless nature of these songs recorded for the first time over 75 years ago. These songs of spirit, God, love, murder and tragedy are classic, have endured and will continue to endure.
From the liners by John Carter Cash:
In 1933, the Carter Family asked the question “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” Undeniably, the answer is no.
1. Worried Man Blues - George Jones 2. No Depression In Heaven - Sheryl Crow mp3 3. On The Sea Of Galilee - Emmylou Harris With The Peasall Sisters 4. Engine One-Forty-Three - Johnny Cash mp3 5. Never Let The Devil Get - The Upper Hand Of You - Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives 6. Little Moses - Janette And Joe Carter 7. Black Jack David - Norman And Nancy Blake with Tim O'Brien 8. Bear Creek Blues - John Prine 9. You Are My Flower - Willie Nelson mp3 10. Single Girl, Married Girl - Shawn Colvin With Earl & Randy Scruggs 11. Will My Mother Know Me There? - The Whites with Ricky Skaggs 12. The Winding Stream - Rosanne Cash 13. Rambling Boy - The Del McCoury Band 14. Hold Fast To The Right - June Carter Cash 15. Gold Watch And Chain - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Kris Kristofferson