Five On Friday - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, June 25, 2010

Each week TRAVIS from "Trav's Thoughts" hosts Five On Friday where we get to select five songs of any mix we care....

Check out the other participants by clicking on his link above...and join in!

You can register for free at and type in a band name and BAM the song will be there to assist in building your playlist.

Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. I don't know how to make a specific linky, so be sure to leave me a comment to let me know that you participated.

4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

This week, an old favorite of mine, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

The band was founded in Long Beach, California in 1966. The group's membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years, including a period from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded as The Dirt Band. Constant members since the early times are singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna and drummer Jimmie Fadden. Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen was with the band from 1966 to 1986 and returned during 2001.

Current members are: Bob Carpenter, Jimmie Fadden, Jeff Hanna and John McEuen.

People who have performed with the band include: Ralph Barr, Merel Bregante, Jackson Browne, John Cable, Jackie Clark, Chris Darrow, Michael Gardner, Al Garth, Richard Hathaway, Jimmy Ibbotson, Bruce Kunkel, Bernie Leadon, Vic Mastrianni and Les Thompson.

Almost 30 years and 31 albums later, they still play on.

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10 Of Your Sparks

  1. Jeff B Says:
  2. Thirty-one albums...Dang, that's a lot of music!

  3. CiCi Says:
  4. I was living in a nearby city when they started their band. I grew up there. So here's a big howdy to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Great choice, Mr Vinny!!

  5. Travis Cody Says:
  6. I remember this band. But out of 31 albums worth of songs, the only one that really sticks with me is Mr Bojangles.

    I'm looking forward to listening to this Set later!

  7. ...son of a gun I had a good time with this...Thanks, Vin!!...

  8. Jay Says:
  9. I think everyone loves the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

    31 albums? That's some prolific songwriting and recording right there.

  10. Dianne Says:
  11. I didn't know they cut so many albums

    I love Mr Bojangles

    have a good weekend Vinny

  12. Linda Says:
  13. Long Beach, heh? I've lived there and didn't really care for it but there's a big difference between 1966 when the band was formed and 1992 when I lived there; it was probably a totally different city.

    "Mr. Bojangles" is of course a favorite but the other songs are great, too. "Jambalaya" is definitely a toe-tapper!

  14. Vinny - please help! I tried to create a playlist to send on Friday and it wasn't working.

  15. That was fun! My favorite from your set this week is definitely Jambalaya (On the Bayou). I'm from Acadian descent, which is just another way of saying Cajun!

  16. Bar Says:
  17. Didn't realize they has so many albums. Thanks for reminding me of a great band!


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