08/12/2011

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band plays Aug. 13 at Villages Amphitheater in Fayetteville, GA

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band plays from their 40-year music catalog at The Villages Amphitheater in Fayetteville on Aug. 13.

Newnan artist Corbette Jackson opens the show for the veteran country folk-rock group.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has had chart success on the Top 40 as well as the country charts over the decades. Their version of the song "Mr. Bojangles" in 1970 reached the Top 10, then later in the '70s had more success in the Top 20 with "American Dream" and "Make a Little Magic." In the '80s, chart success came on the Country chart with three No. 1 hits, "Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)," "Modern Day Romance" and "Fishin' In the Dark." Beyond the hits, one of their greatest triumphs is the three-volume series "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" that paired the band with many of Nashville's veteran hierarchy including Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash and Earl Scruggs. The different sessions produced award-winning renditions of classic country and southern gospel standards.

Attendees to the Aug. 13 concert will be treated to a sampling of these great classic songs within their 90-minute set.

With a career that spans five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug band to pioneers of country rock, and their influence is still being felt today.

Amphitheater Director Brian Wismer commented on the upcoming show, "This will be a wonderful closer to the 2011 season. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a wide musical range in their catalog that will please musicians and music lovers of many ages and styles."

Some tickets still remain and are available at the Train Depot in Fayetteville and also via the website, www.VillagesAmphitheater.com, which offers specific seat selection. Individual tickets are $20 for general admission on the lawn, and $30 for reserved seats.

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