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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-25-03 08:22 AM
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11. The Statler Brothers were part of Johnny Cash's show...
I saw them a couple of times at the old Houston Coliseum. The Statlers' routine featured their cornball humor but they backed Johnny up beautifully.

Mother Maybelle & her daughters were also in the show. She played autoharp since arthritis had robbed her of the ability to replicate her famous & influential guitar style. They also did a few originals, June sang a duet or two with Johnny & they all sang backup.

Johnny's band featured Carl Perkins who'd sing "Blue Suede Shoes" & a few others. Also a very young Marty Stuart. There was a lot of music history on that stage.

My "favorite" version of Circle is the original by the "Original" Carter Family (A.P., Sara & Maybelle). But let me put in a good word for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's. In 1971, long-hair hippy weirdos went into a Nashville studio with country artists mostly considered too "old fashioned" by the Country Music Biz & created a wonderful record: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken".

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