Five On Friday - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, July 01, 2011

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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.

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So, today I share five from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, the band to add to their legendary status.

Their groundbreaking "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. The band's recording of "Mr. Bojangles" was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.

Founded in Long Beach, CA in 1966 the band has gone through many lineups, but the constants have been singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna and drummer Jimmie Fadden. Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen was with the band from 1966 to 1986 and returned during 2001. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter joined the band in 1977 and that is the current lineup today. There was a period of time from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded as The Dirt Band.

past members 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.

The band's honors include:
1984 — CMA Nomination for Instrumental Group of the Year
1985 — CMA Nomination for Instrumental Group of the Year; ACM Nomination for Vocal Group of the Year
1986 — CMA Nomination for Vocal Group of the Year
1988 — CMA Nomination for Vocal Group of the Year
1989 — CMA award for Album Of The Year; Grammy award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals; Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Recording; Grammy award for Co-producing Best Country Instrumental
2002 — Grammy nominations for Best Country Vocal Performance - Duo or Group and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
2003 — CMA nomination for Vocal Event of the Year (NGDB with Johnny Cash); IBMA award for Best Recorded Event
2005 — Grammy award for Best Country Instrumental (NGDB with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and Vassar Clements)

These are five of my favorites. Their version of "Will The Circle be Unbroken" is brilliant in my opinion, but it was not to be found on
They put back the feature to turn off auto-start...YEA!

Have a safe Fourth Of July Holiday!


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6 Of Your Sparks

  1. Linda Says:
  2. Mr. Bojangles will always be my very favorite from this band.

    Have a very safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!

  3. Mike Golch Says:
  4. It has been a while since I hear Mr.Bojangles ans the rest of the set was enjoyable as well.thanks for sharing these tunes.

  5. Not sure which one I like best: Mr. Bojangles (the only version other than Sammy that I like) or Jabalaya ... gotta dance to that.

  6. RK Sterling Says:
  7. Oh, wow. It's been a while since I listened to the NGDB - thanks for sharing! :)

  8. CiCi Says:
  9. Okay. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I am there.

  10. Travis Cody Says:
  11. I don't know this music as well as I should. Thanks for the reminder.


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