Monday, May 25, 2009

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played in Hutchinson tonight as a fundraiser for New Beginnings. Greg, Sharon and I went to see them.

If you're going through the sound clips in your brain, trying to figure out what songs they're famous for, think "Mr. Bojangles." They've won a Grammy and been recognized by the Country Music Association.

Singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna formed the group in California in 1966. He and drummer/harmonica player Jimmy Fadden are constant members for the group. But John McEuen and Bob Carpenter have long histories with the band, too. That's quite astonishing when you consider it has been 43 years since the band was formed.

They wrote the Rascal Flatts hit, "Broken Road," and first released it on one of their albums, sung by piano player Carpenter, who has been with the band since 1977. Last night was the first time I had heard their original version and I like it better than the Rascal Flatts version. Very cool.

The opening act for them was The Cherokee Maidens, that did traditional country music.

A good time was had by all!


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