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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
MAIN STAGE | Saturday, June 9| 4:40 PM

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, continues to add to their legendary status.

With multi-platinum and gold records, a string of top-ten hits, multiple Grammy, CMA, ACM, and IBMA Awards and nominations, and now a gold digital certification for “Fishin’ in the Dark,” the band’s accolades continue to accumulate. Showing no signs of slowing down, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is currently on an extensive North American Tour. The band celebrated another milestone recently, observing more than four decades of touring and making music, and remains on the road in support of their most recent release, the critically-acclaimed album Speed of Life (2009, Sugar Hill Records).

Their groundbreaking Will The Circle Be Unbroken album has been inducted into the US 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. A live EP, “Under the Big Top,” was also recorded and released in 2010.

According to the band, “It’s a little slice of Dirt . . . a combo platter of hits, fan-favorites, and even some music from our latest CD, ‘Speed of Life.’” Recorded last summer at one of their favorite venues, Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI, they knew it had to be shared with their fans.

Over two decades after its release, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s number-one hit single “Fishin’ in the Dark” is still setting records. “Fishin’ in the Dark” was a monster hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, dominating the number-one spot on the country charts in both the US and Canada in 1987. It was first released digitally in 2009.

“‘Fishin’ in the Dark’ seems to have a life of its own and has certainly become a signature song for us over the years,” said band member Jeff Hanna. “We love that this song has become a summer anthem and continues to appeal to new audiences year after year.”

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and John McEuen.

Hit Songs

• “Mr. Bojangles”
• “Dance Little Jean”
• “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)”
• “Modern Day Romance”
• “Baby’s Got a Hold on Me”
• “Fishin’ in the Dark”
• “Oh What a Love”
• “Workin’ Man (Nowhere to Go)”
• “Cadillac Ranch”

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