Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrates 50 Years

Read the recorded fiftieth year celebration Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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The rousing finale at The Ryman

 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Release ‘Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends’ – Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years

CD and CD/DVD combo recorded live at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

Some of us were fortunate enough to witness this event.

It was almost twelve months ago and a day or two before the Americana Music Conference and Festival 2015.

Recorded live at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends captures a group of long-time road warriors who can still play up a storm.  That night the band was joined onstage by John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas.  Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and early Dirt Band member) Jackson Browne joined in, along with longtime member Jimmy Ibbotson, while a sold-out crowd sings along in the background.

The track list finds band mates Jeff Hanna (guitars/vocals), Jimmie Fadden (drums/harmonica/vocals), Bob Carpenter (keyboards/accordion/vocals) and John McEuen (banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin) swapping harmonies, trading solos, and shining new light on a catalogue of vital, vibrant music.

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Jackson Browne

For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American roots music. With one foot planted in the traditions of country-folk and the other pointing toward something new and unexpected, the group continues to tour and release music, influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way.

Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year’s Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends – Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years concert album, available as a CD or as a CD/DVD combo, due out September 30 on the band’s own NGDB Records, distributed by Warner Music Nashville.

 

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Alison Krauss

Released in 1972 – just six years after the group formed in Southern California – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken still stands as one of the most beloved albums in the country catalogue, pairing the young band with legends like Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Mother Maybelle Carter.  The album is still widely available and there have been excellent sequels as well, Volumes 2 and 3.

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Jerry Jeff Walker

It was a memorable night and I know the audio and video will be a treat, with something here for everyone.  You can read my account of the night at the time.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends – Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years

CD Track listing:

1. “YOU AIN’T GOING NOWHERE”

2. “GRANDPA WAS A CARPENTER” feat. JOHN PRINE

3. “PARADISE” feat. JOHN PRINE

4. “MY WALKIN’ SHOES”

5. “TENNESSEE STUD” fest. VINCE GILL

6. “NINE POUND HAMMER” feat. SAM BUSH with VINCE GILL

7. “BUY FOR ME THE RAIN”

8. “THESE DAYS” feat. JACKSON BROWNE

9. “TRUTHFUL PARSON BROWN” feat. JACKSON BROWNE with JERRY DOUGLAS, SAM BUSH and BYRON HOUSE

10. “KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE” feat. ALISON KRAUSS

11. “CATFISH JOHN” feat. ALISON KRAUSS

12. “AN AMERICAN DREAM” feat. RODNEY CROWELL with ALISON KRAUSS

13. “LONG HARD ROAD (THE SHARECROPPER’S DREAM)” feat. RODNEY CROWELL

14. “MR. BOJANGLES” feat. JERRY JEFF WALKER

15. “FISHIN’ IN THE DARK” feat. JIMMY IBBOTSON

16. “BAYOU JUBILEE/SALLY WAS A GOODUN”

17. “JAMBALAYA”

18. “WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN”

 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends – Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years

DVD track listing:

1. “YOU AIN’T GOING NOWHERE”

2. “GRANDPA WAS A CARPENTER” feat. JOHN PRINE

3. “PARADISE” feat. JOHN PRINE

4. “MY WALKIN’ SHOES”

5. “TENNESSEE STUD” fest. VINCE GILL

6. “NINE POUND HAMMER” feat. SAM BUSH with VINCE GILL

7. “BUY FOR ME THE RAIN”

8. “THESE DAYS” feat. JACKSON BROWNE

9. “TRUTHFUL PARSON BROWN” feat. JACKSON BROWNE

with JERRY DOUGLAS, SAM BUSH and BYRON HOUSE

10. “KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE” feat. ALISON KRAUSS

11. “CATFISH JOHN” feat. ALISON KRAUSS

12. “AN AMERICAN DREAM” feat. RODNEY CROWELL with ALISON KRAUSS

13. “LONG HARD ROAD (THE SHARECROPPER’S DREAM) feat. RODNEY CROWELL

14. “MR. BOJANGLES” feat. JERRY JEFF WALKER

15. “RIPPLIN’ WATERS” feat. JIMMY IBBOTSON

16. “FISHIN’ IN THE DARK” feat. JIMMY IBBOTSON

17. “BAYOU JUBILEE/SALLY WAS A GOODUN”

18. “JAMBALAYA”

19. “WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN”

For more information, please visit http://www.nittygritty.com/.

 

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