THE UNBROKEN CIRCLE: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band carries on 50 years of friendship and musical tradition

It’s a concept of the Americana movement that never gets old — a group of young men and women who would seem right at home in the window of a Starbuck’s, sipping a pumpkin spice latte and scrolling Pinterest on the latest-generation iPhone, instead posted up on an urban street corner, playing Old Time music on ramshackle instruments with punk rock abandon.
Whether those kids go on to greater things — the Avett Brothers are a good example — or maintain a small-but-loyal regional following in area bars, a la The Punknecks, there’s a grin-inducing novelty to the dichotomy of jug band tunes from the 1920s and ’30s, played on authentic equipment by young people whose grandparents weren’t yet born when the music was first created.


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