Sunday Morning Coming Down

I received a really lovely couple of emails from long-time viewer George this week.

George and I have been in touch for many months now, since I was first unable to source a track for The Chain which he helped me out with. Since then, we’ve exchanged emails every now and then, often talking about politics or current affairs, but more often than not, about music.

The first email I got from him this week advised me that he had ordered a copy of an album I’ve featured a couple of times before here; the second was telling me it had arrived, he was listening to it and loving it, and thanking me for bringing it to his attention.

I replied that since I knew of the record because my dad owned a copy when I was a kid, it should be him George thanked, and that I’d pass on his thanks to him.

Which I did yesterday, and he seemed pretty chuffed that someone else had bought an album as an indirect result of him purchasing it forty-odd years ago.

So I figured it would be appropriate to post something else from the album in question. Perhaps the most well-known version of today’s track is performed by The Whites and appears on the soundtrack of the Coen brothers’ 2000 movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, and is a song recorded many times by the Carter family dynasty – in fact, it’s practically The Carter Family’s theme tune. A.P. Carter’s tombstone even has a gold record of the song embedded in it.

Here’s the version from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” triple album, complete with explanatory introduction by none other than Mother Maybelle Carter:


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Keep on the Sunny Side

If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, then I don’t know what will.

More soon.

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4 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

  1. If I played this track right now I think there’d be objections from the gently snoring dog and gently snoring wife lying next to me, There’d be no keeping on any sunny side………..

    1. They didn’t – it was Will The Circle Be Unbroken
      Although I’m sure they would have made an excellent job of it

  2. A few years ago I joined inFIFA, not because I’m particularly into football but because I am into watching old movies (when did they stop being called films) and this was the acronym for Inverness Film Fans. My first dalliance with this group involved going to watch “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” but beforehand one of the group gave a short talk and passed out a handout! All sounds very academic but I got so much more out of it having been alerted to the great cinematography, the fact it was based on Homer’s Odyssey and of course the music. I enjoyed that movie so much more because of all this upfront information and much better than if I’d watched it on telly.

    My point is (getting to it eventually) that whenever you share something from this album I immediately think of that movie and of the usually very dapper George Clooney in his Soggy Bottom Boy guise. I now have a soft spot for this kind of bluegrass music and thanks to your dad for having had the foresight all those years ago to make that purchase. Not in his wildest dreams would he have thought back then that we’d be listening to it via the wonders of the blogosphere, in 2017!

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