09 Sep Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrate 50 years with Ryman show
With Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, member Jeff Hanna says it requires a lot of memory and fuel to make music for so long but admits that hard work and talent are great, but luck and not giving up are just as important.
“We have fans from the 60’s where their kids and grandkids come to shows now. We’re lucky people come see us and buy our records,” Hanna said about their fan base.
The band knows a thing or two about pushing genres, whether it be country, rock or roots music as they are responsible for popular hits such as “Mr. Bojangles” and “Fishin’ in the Dark” but at the end of the day, good music is good music no matter which genre in which it is associated. On that note, the group finds a place within the Americana community these days and will be a large part of this year’s Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn.
“People that are fans of that genre tend to be open-minded. It reflects our personal tastes a lot too,” Hanna noted about the Americana classification.
On Sept. 14, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will kick off the annual celebration with a sold out show titled Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The night will feature many special guests including Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Byron House. Other names for the evening are Vince Gill, John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and original Dirt Band member) Jackson Browne along with former NGDB band member Jimmy Ibbotson. Nonetheless, with names like this it is good company for any musician.
“We’re pretty excited about it. They are all friends of ours. It came about because we wanted to do a show in Nashville. Many of the folks live here and the Ryman seemed like a perfect place,” Hanna remarked about the show’s origins.
In addition to performing during one of the most popular weeks in Nashville, the concert will be filmed for a future broadcast on PBS.
Their show at the Ryman falls within the end of their touring season which has placed the band all over the map and in different venues which range from clubs, theaters and festivals as well.