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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Reignites Fan Base With PBS Star-Studded Special

Iconic Group Among Amazon Best-Sellers, Continues Non-Stop 50th Anniversary Tour

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen) continues to bring their boundless energy and decades of hits to homes across the country with their star-studded televised PBS Pledge Special, which airs tonight at 7pm CST on WNPT in Nashville. Click here to find dates and times for when the PBS Pledge Special airs in your market.

The PBS Pledge Special special has reinvigorated the iconic group's legion of fans. Currently Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition) is one of the best sellers in the classic country and bluegrass charts.

The PBS Pledge special, made possible with support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, 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.

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 has a full slate of dates to commemorate 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.


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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