Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Joins 2018 Country USA & Country Fests After Incredible 50 Years of Dirt Celebrations, NGDB Starts Curati

One of American roots musicís true architects, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is slated to take part in two of the heartlandís most iconic festivals in 2018: Cadot, Wisconsinís Country Fest and Oshkosh, Wisconsinís Country USA. Having played over 120 shows in the US over the last 18 months, in addition to a sold-out Canadian fall tour to culminate 50 Years of Dirt, the multiple Grammy and CMA Album of the Year winners celebrated a long-running career that has spanned folk, pop, rock, country, Americana and every roots hybrid imaginable.

The Dirt Band also saw not one, but two albums released last year, reprising their half century of music. In February, Fishin' In The Dark: The Best Of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, focused on their radio hits, and in September,  Anthology arrived as a more comprehensive career retrospective-- both measured the bandís impact on rock, country and various forms of roots music.

Fishin' In The Dark: The Best Of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band serves as a 21-song greatest hits project. Containing the bandís biggest country and pop hits, it spans 1970ís "Mr. Bojangles," the now country standards "Dance Little Jean," and "Fishin' in the Dark," plus fan favorite album jewels like their take on Bruce Springsteenís "Cadillac Ranch" and Colorado favorite "Ripplin' Waters.Ē

Anthology functions as a comprehensive overview. Digging deeper into the history, it mines the seminal Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy, the groundbreaking and bridge-building Will The Circle Be Unbroken projects, plus deep dive tracks including "Fish Song" and "Cosmic Cowboy," plus instrumentals "Randy Lynn Rag" and "Midnight at Woody Creek." Anthology also includes fan favorite "Bayou Jubilee.Ē

ďWhen you take a moment to pause and look at everything thatís happened over the past couple years,Ē marvels guitarist/vocalist Jeff Hanna, ďitís hard to get your head around. For a bunch of kids who wanted to be in a jug band, weíve done some amazing things. But the love of the fans on the road, the friends who were part of our Ryman 50th Circliní Back show, which became a PBS special that went on to win an Emmy, itís beyond what any of us couldíve imagined.Ē

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been an oft-changing line-up, that for the last four decades has included founding members Jeff Hanna and Jimmie Fadden, along with Bob Carpenter -- with founding member John McEuen leaving and later coming back. Now, after the incredibly busy celebration of fifty years of music, multi-instrumentalist McEuen has opted to focus on personal endeavors. As Hanna says, ďWeíre thrilled we could have John with us for the 50th, and thank him for 37 great years of musical contributions. He has so much music to make, we respect his desire to focus on his music -- and wish him the absolute best going forward. We know itís going to be awesome.Ē

Check www.nittygritty.com/ for more information about the 2018 tour, including on-sale dates and new show announcements.