The classic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band lineup convened at Jimmy Ibbotson's Unami studio in Woody Creek, Colo., to record the bulk of the veteran act's latest effort.

The classic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band lineup convened at Jimmy Ibbotson's Unami studio in Woody Creek, Colo., to record the bulk of the veteran act's latest effort. The result is vintage Dirt. The outfit has lasted more than three decades by effectively blending elements of folk, bluegrass, roots music, rock and country—all on display here. "Walkin' in the Sunshine" and the gorgeous "Jealous Moon" boast feel-good vibes and crystal-clear Jeff Hanna vocals. The band country-rocks quite righteously on "Forever Don't Last," and John McEuen's banjo drives a raucous 'grass take on the Beatles' "Get Back." Elsewhere, "She" is a soulful, gospel-tinged ballad, "Party on the Mountain" is a backwoods boogie and "Any Love But Our Love" recalls mid-'70s Eagles. Dirt showcases its considerable virtuosity on the haunting instrumental "Midnight at Woody Creek." A great group at the height of its powers in the Rockies.—RW

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