I finally got the newly released Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III * by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and friends.

    Oh my Lord! You are so good to me giving me music this beautiful. Willie Nelson, Johnnie Cash (esp his song of remember Mother Maybelle Carter), June Carter Cash, Allison Krause, Randy Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs… ah life is good.

    I haven’t listened to it all (there’s 2 disks with a combined total of 28 songs and almost 110 minutes of music, along with a video of the taping of “Take Me in your lifeboat,” but what I’ve heard thus far is so, so precious… songs of love, songs of faith (and not that weak pansy faith of folks who sip warm milk, but rather the faith that has been through a few scraps and is still kicking) songs of pilgrimage and struggle, songs of grief and crying, songs of joy so inexpressible that your heart feels like its going to explode in your chest, songs of remembering those who have gone on to the great beyond, and songs of loving those who are still with us.

    Best of all, there is the most heavenly harmonica music I have heard in my life. Harmonica that is everything that the good harp is supposed to be, harmonica that talks and swoons and cries and melts your heart with its goodness.

    Ok, enough rhapsodizing for now. I am so blessed!

* Note:’s editorial reviewer must be a crack smoker. WTCBU Volume III is a masterpiece. I liked O Brother… but WTCBU is much better.