Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band formed in Southern California during the spring of 1966 as a scruffy, young jug-band. Forty-two years later, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen are still going strong.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1970s album Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, let to three pop hits including their version of Jerry Jeff Walker's “Mr. Bojangles.” Will the Circle be Unbroken album included Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff and Mother Maybelle Carter and became such a landmark event it was one of 50 recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress.
In the early 80s the band returned to their Nashville roots once again with mainstream country music, and in 1989, the group revisited the Circle concept again gathered a circle of legendary performers, including Johnny Cash, EmmyLou Harris, Levon Helm, Chet Atkins, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt and Roseanne Cash for the album, Circle II, winning three Grammy Awards and the Country Music Association Album of the Year. With a career that spans five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug-band to pioneers of country rock, and their influence is still being felt today.