No two albums have done more to bring bluegrass to the masses than the soundtrack for the Coen brothers’ 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1971 album, Will The Circle Be Unbroken.
“Keep On The Sunny Side” appears on both.
Ada Blenkhorn wrote the song in 1899, apparently inspired by her disabled nephew who always wanted his wheelchair pushed down the sunny side of the street. The Carter Family made it famous with their 1928 recording.
“Mother” Maybelle Carter herself carried the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band version—backed by Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Merle Travis, among others—and The Whites followed up with their contribution on the O Brother soundtrack.
“Keep On The Sunny Side” lyrics and cords
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