Personalities | The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1960s–present)

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band began as a jug-band revival group in Los Angeles, but evolved into a band that took traditional country music very seriously – so seriously that it organized Will The Circle Be Unbroken – the 1972 album that introduced Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Doc Watson and Maybelle Carter to the rock audience and sold a million copies. Jeff Hanna (vocals, guitar, b. 1947), John McCuen (banjo, mandolin, b. 1945), Jimmie Fadden (vocals, guitar, harmonica, b. 1948) and Les Thompson formed the band (Jackson Browne was a brief, early member) in 1967 and moved to Colorado in 1970, where they added Jimmy Ibbotson (drums, b. 1947). They applied folk-rock and string-band arrangements to both originals and favourite songs by Browne, Kenny Loggins and Jerry Jeff Walker (whose ‘Mr Bojangles’ became a Top 10 pop hit for the band in 1971).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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