Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Tickets
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an award winning American band that performs in the rock, folk and country genres and has existed in many forms since its formation in 1966, in Long Beach, California. Over the years, the band has undergone many changes in its lineup, particularly during the period between 1976 and 1981, in which the group played and recorded its material under the title of The Dirt Band. Members who have been consistently present in the band since its formation include drummer Jimmie Fadden, singer and guitarist Jeff Hanna, and multi-instrumentalist John McEuen who played for the group during 1966 and 1986, and came back in 2001. The band’s keyboardist Bob Carpenter neutered the group in 1977. The band has often been considered to take a rather instrumental role in the development of contemporary roots and country music. Their biggest hits include the cover version of Mr. Bojangles which was initially sung by Jerry Jeff Walker. Their hit albums include Will the Circle be Unbroken released in 1972, featuring a mix of high profile country artists like Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, and Mother Maybelle Carter. Due to the group’s long-held legendary status, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band tickets are considered to be a major treat among folk rock and county fans.
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was formed in 1966 by singer-songwriter Bruce Kunkel and guitarist-singer Jeff Hanna, both of whom performed under the name of New Coast Two, and later switched to the title of the Illegitimate Jug Band. They then entered informal jam sessions held at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, where they came across many multi-instrumentalists such as washtub bassist and guitarist Ralph Barr; clarinetist and guitarist Les Thompson; jug player and harmonicist Jimmie Fadden; and vocalist Jackson Browne. The six men formed a jug band, adopting the southern California folk-rock sound, and began by performing in local clubs while dressed in cowboy boots and pinstripe suits. They played their first ever paid show in Huntington Beach, California, at the Golden Bear.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band released their first album in 1967, issuing their first single titled Buy for Me the Rain, which became a success on Top Forty bringing the group to the forefront of country-rock. They then made an appearance on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show, while also performing at several concerts alongside other acts like The Doors and Jack Benny. In later years, the group gained sufficient critical and commercial success, in particular through the second volume of their album Will the Circle be Unbroken, which while winning them two Grammys, also attained the ranks of certified gold. They released their most recent album in 2009 called Speed of Life comprising of thirteen songs including two classic covers Stuck in the Middle originally sung by Stealer’s Wheel and Going Up the Country by Canned Heat.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is known to have garnered significant critical acclaim through the many years of their career, including a Grammy Award won in 2005, in the category of Best Country Instrumental. In 1989, the band won its first Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Bluegrass Recording, Best Counry Collaboration in Vocals, and Co-producing Best Country Instrumental. The same year, they also won a CMA Award for the second volume release of their album Will the Circle be Unbroken, in the category of Album of the Year. The group has also received many nominations including five by CMA Awards in the categories of Instrumental Group of the Year twice, Vocal Group of the Year thrice, and Vocal Event of the Year. In 2002, they were also nominated for two Grammies in the categories of Best Country Vocal Performance by Group or Duo as well as Best Country Collaboration in Vocals. In 2003, they won an IBMA Award in the Best Recorded Event category.
The award-winning band plays some of the best folkrock-country shows and is scheduled to perform yet again, so hurry and book some cheap Nitty Gritty Dirt Band tickets, and be there to listen to their biggest hits live.
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