September 6, 2017
Americana Icons The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrate 50-Year Anniversary with Career Retrospective, ‘Anthology’, Supervised by Founding Member Jeff Hanna
2 CD & DIGITAL COLLECTION AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 29 VIA CAPITOL RECORDS NASHVILLE/UMe
Long before Americana music had a name, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, helped lead the charge, mixing elements of country, bluegrass, folk, mountain music, and rock & roll into a sound that celebrated the full range of American music. Formed in Long Beach, Calif. in 1966, the guys were traditionalists and trendsetters, performing songs that nodded to the past while still pushing toward the future.
From their ubiquitous 1970’s Top 10 hit of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles,” to “An American Dream” – featuring Troubadour pal Linda Ronstadt – and “Make a Little Magic,” with Nicolette Larson, to their #1 country songs, 1984’s “Long Hard Road (Sharecropper’s Dream),” penned by Rodney Crowell and featuring Ricky Skaggs on fiddle and a young Jerry Douglas on dobro, to 1987’s platinum-certified “Fishin’ In The Dark” and many many more, Anthology collects all their best known songs in chronological order of release showcasing the band’s thrilling evolution and numerous highlights.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are perhaps best known for their landmark album, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, and this groundbreaking achievement and its sequels are ably represented throughout Anthology with a dozen cuts from the three volumes. Released in 1972, Volume 1 saw the band pairing with bluegrass and country legends of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s such as Roy Acuff, “Mother” Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, and Pete “Oswald” Kirby, for an inspired and influential 38-song double album that healed generational and cultural rifts by bringing the new and old guard together. Will The Circle Be Unbroken has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame.
Twelve years after the original, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band revisited their unique experiment for Volume 2. With fellow folk-rock vets Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn, they took on Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” a song their guests had popularized in The Byrds. Produced by Randy Scruggs, some of the many collaborators this time included The Band’s Levon Helm, John Prine, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash and John Hiatt. The album won the Country Music Association’s “Album of the Year,” and three GRAMMYs®: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, Best Country Instrumental and Best Bluegrass Recording for “The Valley Road” with Bruce Hornsby. Again, merging moments, movements and cultures, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band captured a state of roots music long before it was called Americana.
The third volume, released in 2002, brought Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury and Taj Mahal into the fold and took home another GRAMM Y®. To hear Johnny Cash’s weathered dedication of “Tears in the Holsten River” to his mother-in-law Maybelle Carter and her sister Sara is to have the forebears made real, while the next generation appeared as sons Jaime Hanna and Jonathan McEuen brought the circle forward with “The Lowlands.” Alison Krauss joined the band for a sparkling take on Bob McDill’s “Catfish John,” a Johnny Russell hit that became a Jerry Garcia favorite.
For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American 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. Anthologyis both a perfect primer for those who want to explore the band’s remarkable career and a lovingly compiled collection for the band’s fans that span generations and genres, keeping the circle ever going.
Upcoming tour dates at NittyGritty.com
- Buy For Me The Rain
- Some Of Shelly’s Blues
- Uncle Charlie Interview
- Mr. Bojangles
- Randy Lynn Rag
- House At Pooh Corner
- Opus 36
- Fish Song
- Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
- Grand Ole Opry Song (featuring Jimmy Martin)
- You Are My Flower
- Tennessee Stud (featuring Doc Watson)
- I Saw The Light (featuring Roy Acuff)
- Honky Tonkin’
- Will The Circle Be Unbroken (featuring Mother Maybelle Carter)
- Cosmic Cowboy (Part 1)
- Battle Of New Orleans
- Bayou Jubilee/Sally Was A Goodun
- Ripplin’ Waters
- Mother Earth (Provides For Me)
- An American Dream (featuring Linda Ronstadt)
- Make A Little Magic (featuring Nicolette Larson)
- Shot Full Of Love
- Dance Little Jean
- Colorado Christmas (featuring Emmylou Harris)
- Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)
- Fishin’ In The Dark
- Workin’ Man (Nowhere to Go)
- You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (featuring Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman)
- The Valley Road (featuring Bruce Hornsby)
- When It’s Gone
- Waitin’ On A Dark Eyed Gal
- Bless The Broken Road
- Catfish John (featuring Alison Krauss)
- The Lowlands (featuring Jaime Hanna and Jonathan McEuen)
- Tears In The Holston River (featuring Johnny Cash)
- Midnight At Woody Creek
- The Resurrection (featuring Matraca Berg)
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