Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s circle continues

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s major contribution to the bluegrass canon is an album that also stands as its overall peak: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a 1972 landmark of roots music. Pairing the Dirt Band with elders including Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Mother Maybelle Carter, “Circle” was a multi-generational summit that presented old classics to a new audience – hence the album’s subtitle, “Music forms a new Circle.”