To say Del McCoury is one of bluegrass' last great practitioners is to seriously undervalue the man. Del is one of music's great singers and stylists, period. He's found a way to make traditional bluegrass sound contemporary without falling into the typical aesthetic pitfalls (too progressive, too retro, etc.). Family Circle is a stone-cold classic, and that's all there is to it. Tunes like "Hello Lonely" and "Bad Day for Love" stand alongside anything from Bill Monroe or the Stanley Brothers.