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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Announces 50th Anniversary Tour in Canada

The Dirt Band will play seven shows in Canada, two in North Dakota in October

NASHVILLE – May 23, 2017 – 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. Today, they announce a 50th Anniversary Tour with six shows in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and two U.S. dates in North Dakota (full list below with more dates to be announced soon). Tickets will go on sale via on May 26 at 10 A.M. CST. Alberta born singer-songwriter JJ Shiplett will be opening for all Canadian dates.

In September 2015, the band celebrated 50 years of music with a sold-out show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. NGDB was joined onstage by John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, Jerry Douglas, Jackson Browne, and longtime Dirt Band member Jimmy Ibbotson. In 2016, the band released a live recording (cd/dvd combo) of this night titled Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years. The Ryman show, which was also recorded for PBS, won a Midsouth Regional EMMY® for Special Event Coverage at the 31st annual award ceremony in Nashville in January 2017. Most recently, the band released a 21-track greatest hits album titled Fishin’ in the Dark (Rhino Records). The February 2017 release includes the band’s biggest hits on both country and pop radio (“Mr. Bojangles,” “Dance Little Jean,” “Fishin’ in the Dark,” and more), along with many fan-favorites (“Cadillac Ranch” and “Ripplin’ Waters”) and is available at and Amazon.