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"Dirt Does Dylan"

Thursday, April 7, 2022 – Five-decades long running Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will pay homage to the Bob Dylan songbook with the release of "Dirt Does Dylan," on May 9.

The 10-track album includes three new band members: fiddle specialist Ross Holmes; singer-songwriter and bass player Jim Photoglo (who wrote one of the Dirt Band's biggest hits, "Fishin' in the Dark"); and Dirt Band founder Jeff Hanna's son, singer and guitarist Jaime Hanna. Produced and recorded by Ray Kennedy at Room & Board Studio in Nashville, the disc features support from Jason Isbell, The War & Treaty, Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash.

Jeff Hanna on vocals and guitar, Jimmie Fadden on drums and Bob Carpenter on keyboards are also in the band.

The Dirt Band's cover of "I Shall Be Released," which Dylan originally recorded with The Band during their Basement Tapes sessions, is out today. On this version of the tune, sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell — better known as blues-rock duo Larkin Poe — lend their voices and Megan's lap steel guitar skills to the mix. Bob Carpenter takes the first verse vocals while the Hannas handle guitar duties.

The track list is:
1. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You
2. Girl from the North Country
3. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
4. Country Pie
5. I Shall Be Released (ft. Larkin Poe)
6. She Belongs to Me
7. Forever Young
8. The Times They Are A-Changin' (featuring Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle and The War and Treaty)
9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
10. Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)

The group formed in 1966 as a Long Beach, Cal. jug band, scored its first charting single in 1967, and embarked on a ride through folk, country, rock, pop, bluegrass and Americana. The first major hit came in 1971 with the epic "Mr. Bojangles," which, along with support from banjo master Earl Scruggs, opened doors in Nashville. Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Mother Maybelle Carter and Jimmy Martin would collaborate on the seminal three-disc 1972 release, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken. " "Circle" went triple Platinum, spawned two later volumes, and wound up in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Tour dates are:
April 9 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama Resort
April 29 - Chattanooga, TN - Robert Kirk Walker Theatre
April 30 - Hopewell, VA - Beacon Theatre
May 1 - Wilkesboro, NC - MerleFest 2022
May 13 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
May 14 - New York, NY - City Winery
May 15 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery
May 19 - Mankato, MN - Vetter Stone Amphitheatre
May 20 - Papillion, NE - Sumtur Amphitheater
May 21 - Chesterfield, MO - Chesterfield Amphitheatre
May 22 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater
June 9 - Eureka Springs, AR - Eureka Springs City Auditorium
June 10 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
June 11 - Salina, KS - Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
June 24 - Grand Junction, CO - Country Jam 2022
June 25 - North Platte, NE - Nebraskaland Days
July 14 - Davenport, IA - Rhythm City Casino Resort
July 15 - Decorah, IA - Winneshiek County Fair
July 16 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
July 21 - Marietta, OH - Peoples Bank Theatre
July 22 - Shipshewana, IN - Blue Gate Performing Arts Center
July 23 - Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder Wisconsin 2022
Aug. 3 - McMinnville, OR - Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo
Aug. 4 - Boise, ID - The Egyptian Theatre
Aug. 6 - Bellvue, CO - Mishawaka Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 - Hinckley, MN - Grand Country Nights 2022
Aug. 13 - South West Fargo, ND - Lights Amphitheater
Aug. 18 - Three Forks, MT - Headwaters Country Jam 2022
Aug. 19 - Rexford, MT - Abayance Bay Marina
Aug. 27 - Gilbert, AZ - Higley Center For The Performing Arts
Aug. 28 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Sept. 2 - Orange Park, FL - Thrasher-Horne Center
Sept. 3 - Mill Spring, NC - The Earl Scruggs Music Festival 2022

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CD review - Dirt Goes Dylan Naturally, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gives Bob Dylan songs a little extra twang with "Dirt Does Dylan." They're a fairly traditional country act, after all. Then again, so much of Dylan's music was/is already quite country, so they didn't have to rearrange it all too much. There's lots of fiddle, harmonica and acoustic instrumentation, however, and it's all good. When choosing these nine songs, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band mainly stayed with familiar tunes. ...
CD review - Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years Fifty years is a long time to do anything, much less keep a band together, but the various lineups of the Dirt Band/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have managed to reach that milestone as one of the most influential and respected acts in country. To celebrate, the band performed a live concert at the Ryman in Nashville with special guests and former band members present. Highlights from the concert and subsequent DVD release are collected on this enjoyable 18-song set. There are enough other hits albums ...
CD review - Speed of Life Over the course of 42 years and 30 albums, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has covered a lot of stylistic territory. Most of them seem to make a repeat appearance here. Such an eclectic mix of tracks could make for a rambling, disjointed mess, but with the laid back groove of the band and some low-key production choices, the album comes together as pleasantly diverse. The music kicks off with a great toe-tapper - Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble to Me - and ends with the Cajun-influenced Good To Be Alive. ...

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