Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrates 50 Years With New Album Releases on Sept. 30, First-Ever IBMA Performance
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I have always found it a bit ironic that one of the most iconic American bands that plays bluegrass has its roots, not in the verdant hills of Appalachia, but in the shifting sands of sunny Southern California.
Note that I said "band that plays bluegrass" rather than "bluegrass band." Because that's what Nitty Gritty Dirt Band leader and co-founder Jeff Hanna calls them.
When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band started playing together in 1966, the band's unique brand of music didn't have a name.
In fact, it is the founding members of NGDB that helped create what we call Americana music today by mixing elements of bluegrass, folk, mountain music, country and western and rock and roll into a sound that was uniquely, you guessed it, American.
"Even though, when we started in 1966 -- me, Jimmy and John - we lived by the beach in Southern California, we were drawn to folk music. We called ourselves 'folk puppies.' We weren't into surf music. We were lucky enough to get to see the Dil
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