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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Talks 50th Anniversary Tour

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt BandThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Jeff Hanna sat down with Billboard's Chuck Dauphin last week to discuss the 2016 tour & sold-out Ryman Auditorium show on September 14. Read the article here.

Joining The Dirt Band on September 14 will be instrumental greats Sam Bush on mandolin, Jerry Douglas on resonator guitar, and Byron House on bass. With contributions from Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famers John Prine and Rodney Crowell, legendary gypsy troubadour Jerry Jeff Walker, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and original Dirt Band member) Jackson Browne, and former NGDB band member Jimmy Ibbotson.

All of this is in celebration of the Dirt Band making vital American roots music for fifty years. The show will be taped for PBS, to air during the national pledge drive, March 5-20, 2016. "We're humbled to have all of these amazing artists, who happen to be our friends, come out to honor this legacy," says the Dirt Band's Jeff Hanna.

The Ryman concert and the resulting PBS special will celebrate the entirety of the band's career, as Hanna, Fadden, Carpenter, and McEuen carry the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band forward, into its 50th year of music-making, of unbroken circles, of partnership, brotherhood, and friendship.

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