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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Packs 50 Years Of Hits Into Star-Studded Pbs Special Airing Throughout March

PBS Pledge Special Airs March 2016, Check Local Listings

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen) will host a star-studded televised PBS special throughout March that was filmed at the historic Ryman Auditorium during a sold-out performance as the iconic group celebrates its 50th anniversary. Click here to find dates and times for when the PBS Pledge Special airs in your hometown.

The special also features guest artists, including John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas as well as former members, Jimmy Ibbotson (long-time member for decades) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and early NGDB member Jackson Browne.

"We are so humbled and honored to share the stage with these legendary artists who we're grateful to call friends. And now our fans will have an opportunity to enjoy this historic show thanks to PBS and the Tennessee Department of Tourism," Jeff Hanna said.

The special is made possible with support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism. "I've been a fan of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for most of my life," said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

"The influence of the band goes far beyond the enjoyment of listening to its music. There are pivotal projects in the history of music that are capable of changing a direction of a genre and raise awareness of an entire generation. It is not an overstatement to say the "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album is one of those projects. Having the band launch their 50th anniversary celebration from the Mother Church of Country Music - The Ryman is more than appropriate, it is ordained. We're fortunate to have them as part of 'The Soundtrack of America, Made in Tennessee,'" Commissioner Triplett added.

There will be an accompanying CD and DVD that include extra songs and performances as well as concert tickets and meet and greets in select markets available exclusively through PBS member stations.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continue non-stop touring in celebration of their Golden 50th anniversary planned to run through the end of 2017, with many additional dates to be announced. Plans are to be extensive with select shows featuring special guests in select markets as well as many new exciting show elements. This will be a tour not to be missed.


March 11 - The Palladium at Center for the Performing Arts - Carmel, Ind.

March 18 - French Lick Resort - French Lick, Ind.

March 19 - Little River Casino Resort - Manistee, Mich.

April 08 - Riverside Casino - Riverside, Iowa

April 09 - Grand Falls Casino Resort - Larchwood, Iowa .

April 29 - Las Cruces Downtown - Las Cruces, N.M.

April 30 - Talking Stick Resort and Casino - Scottsdale, Ariz.

May 13 - Stone Mountain Arts Center - Brownfield, Maine

May 14 - The Newton Theatre - Newton, NJ

May 15 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT

May 18 - State Theatre - State College, PA

May 20 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, Pa.

May 21 - The Colonial Theatre - Phoenixville, Pa.

June 02 - Stiefel Theatre - Salina, KS

June 03 - Shawnee River Festival - Eldon, Mo.

June 10 - America's River Festival - Dubuque, Iowa

June 18 - Southwind Casino - Braman, Okla.

July 07 - Country Concert at Hickory Hill - Fort Loramie, Ohio

July 08 - Hodag Festival - Rhinelander, Wis.

July 09 - Country Concert - St. Bernard, Ohio

July 17 - Jamboree In The Hills - Morristown, Ohio

July 30 - Wayne County Fair - Wayne, Neb.

Aug 05 - Manitoulin Country Fest - Little Current, Canada

Aug 06 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Bayfield, Wis.

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The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country, rock and American roots music, marks its 50th birthday of nonstop touring and recording vital music. Formed in California in 1966, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band consists of founding members Jeff Hanna (guitars/vocals), Jimmie Fadden (drums/harmonica/vocals), John McEuen (banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin), and Bob Carpenter (keyboards/accordion/vocals), "The New Guy" since 1977. The group has lasted longer than virtually any other group of their era with multi-platinum and gold records, including legendary hits "Mr. Bojangles" and "Fishin' in the Dark" (certified platinum for digital downloads in 2014 and the longest recurrent country radio song of all time). Their groundbreaking 1972 Will The Circle Be Unbroken album, which assembled the living legends of country, bluegrass and mountain music to record what many critics have hailed as "an American treasure," has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress and the Grammy Hall of Fame. "Mr. Bojangles" was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. Most recently the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, class of 2015. For more information, visit



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