Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will come to the Visalia Fox Theater on Sunday, October 9e. Tickets start at $43.00 plus applicable fees and go on sale Friday, July 15e at 10 o’clock. For more information, please call 559-625-1FOX or visit www.foxvisalia.org.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band:
Many veteran groups trade on nostalgia, reproducing past glories, and recycled emotions from younger, more carefree days.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band offers a mix of reimagined classics and compelling new works. The group formed in 1966 as a group of jugs from Long Beach, California, recorded their first single in 1967, and embarked on a self-propelled jaunt through folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, blue weed and amalgamate now. known as “Americana”. The first big hit came in 1971 with the epic “Mr. Bojangles,” which, with the insistent support of banjo master Earl Scruggs, opened doors in Nashville. Behind those doors were Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Mother Maybelle Carter, Jimmy Martin and others who would collaborate on a multi-artist, multi-generational, three-disc 1972 masterpiece: Will the Circle Be Unbroken went triple platinum, spawned two subsequent volumes and are found in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Was it an avant-garde combo or a group of revivalists? Was the goal rebellion or musical piety? Yes, to all these things. In the 1980s, the Dirt Band scored 15 consecutive Top 10 country hits, including the chart-topping “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)”, “Modern Day Romance”, and “Fishin’ in the Dark” ( co-written by Jim Photoglo, who would join the group in the second decade of the new century). 1989 brought a second Circle album, this one featuring singer-songwriter talents such as John Prine, Rosanne Cash and John Hiatt and winning two Grammy awards for the group (it won another later , for a collaboration with Earl Scruggs and other good people). Circle II also won the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year award. Circle III was released in 2003, featuring collaborations with Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and more.
Throughout the band’s life, the personnel has changed, with each change leading to positive advances, new ways of playing old songs, and renewed enthusiasm for writing and recording new material. The latest Dirt Band line-up is expanded to six members for the first time since 1968. Today’s band consists of founding member Jeff Hanna, harp master Jimmie Fadden (who joined in 1966) and Bob Carpenter, who has over 40 years of experience. of service overall. These veterans are now joined by singer-songwriter-bassist Jim Photoglo, fiddle and mandolin magician Ross Holmes, and Hanna’s son, supernaturally talented singer and guitarist Jaime Hanna.
Sanguine harmony, heart-pounding instrumental flights, undeniable stage chemistry… these things are part of every Dirt Band gig, just as they are part of Dirt Does Dylan, the reconfigured six-man band’s debut recording. Produced by Ray Kennedy and Jeff Hanna, it’s a remarkable journey through some of the most impactful songs of the last century, written by Bob Dylan and taken for a blue highway ride by a great American band, with the help of contemporary artists of genius. like Jason Isbell and The War and Treaty.
A Dirt Band show is unlike any other. For legions of fans, it’s less about memories than moments, crisp like an autumn apple and rich like a royal flush.