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2009

Jeff Hanna - guitars/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - drums/harmonica/vocals
Bob Carpenter - keyboards/accordion/vocals
John McEuen - banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin

The band starts the year with an extensive swing through Canada…And prepares for the launch of their 1st studio album in five years; Speed of Life.

2005-2008

Jeff Hanna - guitars/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - drums/harmonica/vocals
Bob Carpenter - keyboards/accordion/vocals
John McEuen - banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin

The band begins the year by winning a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental for "Earl's Breakdown." The song features Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and the late Vassar Clements. The band tours throughout North America in support of the critically acclaimed CD Welcome To Woody Creek.

2001-2004

Jeff Hanna - guitars/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - drums/harmonica/vocals
Jimmy Ibbotson - guitars/mandolin/bass/vocals
Bob Carpenter - keyboards/accordion/vocals
John McEuen - banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin

In 2001 founding member John McEuen returns to the band after a 14 year absence. In Spring 2002, Capitol Records releases the 30th Anniversary Edition of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken followed several months later by Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. III. That collection garners multiple Grammy nominations and a CMA nomination for Vocal Event with Johnny Cash for "Tears In The Holston River." In early 2003 the band produces a PBS Television special highlighting performances by guests from all three Circle projects. Capitol releases the box set Trilogy containing all three projects and a DVD of the TV special. NGDB records a duet with the legendary Kris Kristofferson for the Grammy nominated Carter Family tribute The Unbroken Circle. In 2004 the band releases Welcome To Woody Creek their first all new studio project in five years. At the end of 2004 Ibbotson departs the band.

1989-2000

Jeff Hanna - guitars/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - drums/harmonica/vocals
Jimmy Ibbotson - guitars/mandolin/bass/vocals
Bob Carpenter - keyboards/accordion/vocals

The band releases More Great Dirt, the second authorized greatest hits LP. Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. II is hailed internationally for uniting old and new singers, such as Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt, Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, and others. Circle II goes gold in the US and Canada, and wins 3 Grammy's and the CMA Album of the Year. A long-form video documentary The Making of Will the Circle be Unbroken II is released on Cabin Fever Entertainment. The band returns to the Soviet Union for 3 sold out performances, and national Soviet TV appearances. The Rest of the Dream is released in June 1990, produced by the band and Randy Scruggs, who produced Circle II. In late 1990, the band goes on a major tour including Canada, Europe, and Japan. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band commemorates their 25th anniversary by recording Live Two Five in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada produced by T-Bone Burnett. In 1992 the band collaborates with Irish folk legends The Cheiftans on their Grammy award winning project Another Country. The prestigious Aspen School of Music creates their first scholarship honoring a pop group in the band's name. 20 Years of Dirt is certified gold at the end of 1993. In early 1994, the band returns to the studio and their origins, recording Acoustic, a self-penned, self-produced project that spotlights the "wooden" sound they have championed for years. In 1996, the band records a duet with Karla Bonoff, "You Believed in Me", which appears on the MCA Olympic album One Voice. They also record, "Maybe Baby" for the Buddy Holly tribute album Not Fade Away on Decca Records, and in 1996 celebrate 30 years on the road. In 1997 they release The Christmas Album, followed by Bang! Bang! Bang! in 1999.

1987-1988

Jeff Hanna - guitars/washboard/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - drums/harmonica/vocals
Bob Carpenter - keyboards/accordion/vocals
Jimmy Ibbotson - bass/guitar/vocals
Bernie Leadon - guitars/banjo/mandolin/vocals

In early 1987 former Eagle Bernie Leadon joins the lineup. The band releases Hold On, it's 19th LP, with the Number One singles "Fishin' in the Dark" and "Baby's Got a Hold on Me." They appear on both the Today Show and the Tonight Show in the same week, and tour Europe. Plain Dirt Fashion and 20 Years of Dirt are certified gold in Canada, and the band releases Workin' Band, scoring three more Top 10 singles.

1982-1986

Jeff Hanna - guitars/washboard/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - drums/harmonica/vocals
John McEuen - fiddle/banjo/mandolin/guitar
Bob Carpenter - keyboards/accordion/vocals
Jimmy Ibbotson - bass/guitars/keyboards/accordion/vocals

Ibbotson rejoins the band and they return to Nashville to record Let's Go, and "Dance Little Jean" goes Top 10 Country. The band also records Plain Dirt Fashion and Partners, Brothers, and Friends. "Long Hard Road" becomes the Dirt Band's first Number One record, and the band eventually has 17 consecutive Top 10 country songs. They receive nominations from both the CMA and ACM, and perform at the 1984 Olympics in LA and at the first Farm-Aid concert. The Twenty Years of Dirt collection is released, coinciding with the band's 20th anniversary of their first performance at the Paradox Club in Orange County on May 13, 1966. The Anniversary concert in McNichols Arena in Denver is a sell-out, with guests such as Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Doc Watson, John Prine, and others. At the end of 1986 John McEuen departs band.

1980-1981

Jeff Hanna - guitars/washboard/percussion/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - guitar/harmonica/vocals
Bob Carpenter - keyboards/accordion/vocals
John McEuen -guitar/fiddle/banjo/mandolin/accordion/vocals
Al Garth - violin/keyboards/sax/vocals
Richard Hathaway - bass/vocals
Michael Gardner/Vic Mastrianni - drums

The band releases Make a Little Magic and Jealousy, and the single "Make a Little Magic" with Nicolette Larson makes the Top 20 pop charts.

1977-1979

Jeff Hanna - guitars/washboard/percussion/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - guitar/harmonica/vocals
John McEuen - guitar/fiddle/banjo/mandolin
Al Garth - sax/fiddle/keyboards/percussion/vocals
Merel Bregante - drums/percussion
Richard Hathaway - bass/vocals

The band releases The Dirt Band and An American Dream LPs, and the single "American Dream" with Linda Ronstadt goes to #13 on the Pop chats. The band also appears on Saturday Night Live and provides arrangement and backing for Steve Martin's million selling recording of "King Tut."

1976-1977

Jeff Hanna - guitars/drums/washboard/percussion/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - drums/guitar/harmonica/vocals
John McEuen - guitar/fiddle/banjo/mandolin/accordion
John Cable - guitar/bass/vocals
Jackie Clark - guitar/bass/vocals

The Dirt Band becomes the first American group selected by the Soviet government to tour the USSR, spending a month in Russia playing to live audiences and a massive TV audience of 145,000,000. Tour incessantly, and release Dirt, Silver and Gold, a 3-record LP.

1974-1975

Jeff Hanna - guitars/drums/washboard/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - drums/guitar/harmonica/vocals
John McEuen - guitar/fiddle/banjo/mandolin
Jimmy Ibbotson - bass/guitars/keyboards/drums/accordion/vocals

The band records Stars and Stripes Forever and Dream LPs, and play at an amazing variety of shows, including bluegrass festival one day before opening for Aerosmith. Play to a crowd of 190,000 at a Sedalia MO "Rock Festival" in 103 degree heat, performing as a 4-piece band. At the end of 1975 Ibbotson departs.

1969-1973

Jeff Hanna - guitars/drums/washboard/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - drums/guitar/harmonica/vocals
Les Thompson - bass/guitar/mandolin/vocals
John McEuen - guitar/fiddle/banjo/mandolin/accordion/vocals
Jimmy Ibbotson - guitars/keyboards/drums/accordion/vocals

The band relocates to Colorado, and records Uncle Charlie and All the Good Times, "Mr. Bojangles" makes the Top 10 Pop charts. In August 1971 the band ventured to the uncharted wilds of Nashville to record Will the Circle Be Unbroken, the platinum selling 3 record set. Guest stars include Roy Acuff, Maybelle Carter, Junior Huskey, Doc. Watson, and many more. The Roy Acuff duet of "I Saw the Light" hits the country charts, and the album gets two Grammy nominations. The band tours Japan.

1967-1968

Jeff Hanna - guitar/washboard/drums/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - guitar/harmonica/washtub bass/jug/vocals
Ralph Barr - guitar/clarinet/vocals
Les Thompson - bass/guitar/mandolin/vocals
John McEuen - guitar/banjo/washtub bass
Chris Darrow - guitar/mandolin/fiddle/vocals

The band records Rare Junk and Alive, stay in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, Oregon, for 4 months filming "Paint Your Wagon" with Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin. Play Carnegie Hall as Bill Cosby's opening act, and jam with Dizzy Gillespie.

1966-1967

Jeff Hanna - guitar/mandolin/washboard/jug/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - guitar/harmonica/washtub bass/vocals
Ralph Barr - guitar/clarinet/vocals
Les Thompson - guitar/mandolin/vocals
Bruce Kunkel - guitar/kazoo/vocals
John McEuen - banjo/guitar/mandolin/washtub bass

The band records Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Ricochet LPs; "Buy For Me the Rain" hits the Top 40 on the Pop charts. The band appears on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, living in the "Dirt House" with Duane & Gregg Allman. Appeared in concert with Jack Benny and The Doors in the same week.

May-August 1966

Jeff Hanna - guitar/mandolin/washboard/vocals
Jimmie Fadden - guitar/harmonica/washtub bass/jug/vocals
Ralph Barr - guitar/clarinet/vocals
Les Thompson - guitar/mandolin/vocals
Bruce Kunkel - guitar/kazoo/vocals
Jackson Browne - guitar/vocals

The band hangs out at McCabe' Guitar Shop in Long Beach, CA, trying to "figure out how not to have to work for a living." Perform in the LA/Orange County Folk-rock scene in 1920's pinstripe suits & cowboy boots. Early line up includes future Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Jackson Browne.