Five-Star Fridays

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I figure we’ll do a little gospel this week, given the holiday weekend. This song is one of my favorites. The problem is picking a favorite version of it. Greg Allman has a great version. So do the Staple Singers. As do June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson, and Loretta Lynn. Even the late Sen. Robert Byrd left behind a great recording of “Circle”. He sings and plays fiddle (really!).

But it’s hard to go wrong with the version below, which features Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Roy Acuff, Ricky Skaggs, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and quite a few others you’ve probably heard of.

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10 Responses to “Five-Star Fridays”

  1. #1 |  bk | 

    Amazing ensemble! They couldn’t get Jerry Lee Lewis, Buck Owens, or the Ghost of Hank Williams? Other than those cats, seems like everyone was there.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. #2 |  Don | 

    I am as solid an atheist as they come, but I have to admit that there are quite a number of gospel songs that are just damn good music. This is one of them.

  3. #3 |  Jason | 

    I’m partial to this version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFGRnUzfOEI

  4. #4 |  Lucy | 

    I dig the original Carter Family version the most. The second verse about telling the undertaker to drive slow just slays me, coming from them.

    Curious about the Robert Byrd version. Not curious enough to listen and have my love of the song diminished.

  5. #5 |  Judi | 

    Awesome Radley. Thanks for sharing.

  6. #6 |  primus | 

    Excellent choice. Excellent.

  7. #7 |  maybelogics | 

    Byrd’s entire album is excellent, especially his renditions of Cripple Creek & Rye Whiskey. Found it on vinyl a few years ago at a yard sale for two bucks. Worth every penny and more.

  8. #8 |  Someone Who Doesn't Want to Lose His Job | 

    I saw Byrd play fiddle when I was little at a county fair. I don’t remember much but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was good.

  9. #9 |  Cyto | 

    Man Arrested For Filming Cop…

    As Crooks backs away, Colling grabs him by the shoulder and throws him down. On the ground, Crooks grabs the camera and turns it toward his face.

    Colling’s leg then enters the video frame. Crooks says he believes that was the kick that broke his nose.

    The camera records the sound of Crooks screaming. He said that’s when Colling was punching his face.

    “Shut up!” Colling yells. “Stop resisting!”

    ‘you’re in A WORLD OF HURT,’ officer says

  10. #10 |  cApitalist | 

    Oddly enough, this was high on the drunken sing along list in college. Same version.

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