Jeff Hanna Talks 50th Anniversary, Celebratory Ryman Auditorium Show
Fifty years ago, in 1966, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was founded in Long Beach, Calif. Despite their numerous lineup changes throughout the years, they?ve had a successful half-century-long career ? and have no plans to slow down anytime soon.
Before the launch of their self-titled debut album in 1967, the group ? then still teenagers ? began touring, and they continue to make music and tour the country to this day. They?re one of very few musical acts, among all genres, to achieve such longevity.
To celebrate their 50 years of success, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ? now made up of founding members Jeff Hanna and Jimmie Fadden, plus Bob Carpenter and John McEuen ? are hosting a star-studded concert at Nashville?s Ryman Auditorium on Monday (Sept. 14), during which they will share the stage with former members and musical friends, including Jackson Browne, John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell and Jerry Douglas, among others. The entire show will be taped by PBS, to air during their annual pledge drive in March.The Boot sat down with Hanna to talk about the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band?s epic career, the keys to their success and why retirement still isn?t an option.