Dirt Band Expands Unbroken Circle
This fall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will release "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3." The Capitol Nashville album is the latest installment in a guest-laden exploration of folk and country roots mThis fall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will release "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3." The Capitol Nashville album is the latest installment in a guest-laden exploration of folk and country roots music the band first began in 1972 when it teamed up with such legends as Mother Maybelle Carter, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, and Roy Acuff to release the groundbreaking "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."
This time around, NGDB -- John McEuen, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Jimmy Ibbotson, and Bob Carpenter -- co-produced the set with by Randy Scruggs and collaborated with a host of talent, young and old. Among those who mine traditional songs with the Dirt Band are Iris Dement, Jimmy Martin, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Taj Mahal, Doc Watson, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss, the Del McCoury Band, Matraca Berg, Dwight Yoakam, Tom Petty, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, and Vince Gill.
"Vol. 3" comes just a few months after Capitol's 30th anniversary reissue of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." The second volume was released by MCA in 1989 and featured the likes of Cash, John Denver, Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, Rosanne Cash, Steve Wariner, Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, and returning friends Acuff, Martin, and Scruggs.
Last year marked the return of co-founder McEuen to the NGDB fold after several years of solo pursuits, as well as the hard-touring band's return to the road after a year-long break. The group will kick off a summer North American tour Sunday (June 30) in Colorado Springs, Colo. That run will come to a close Sept. 1 at the Watershed Festival in Walkerton, Ontario. The Dirt Band is also slated to perform Sept. 20-21 at Switzerland's Gstaad Festival, which will also feature performances by country artists Clay Walker and Chely Wright.
Here are the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's tour dates:
June 30: Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pikes Peak Center)
July 4: Milwaukee (Summerfest)
July 5: Clear Lake, Iowa (Surf Ballroom)
July 7: Calgary, Alberta (Santa Fe Saloon)
July 12: Sandy, Utah (Sandy City Amphitheater)
July 13: Layton, Utah (Kenley Centennial Amphitheatre)
July 16: Central Point, Ore. (Jackson County Fair)
July 19: Morristown, Ohio (Jamboree in the Hills)
July 20: Lynchburg, Va. (Cattle Annie's)
July 21: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap Filene Center)
July 26: Cheyenne, Wyoming (Frontier Days)
July 29: Cleveland (Nautica Stage)
July 30: Evart, Mich. (Fairgrounds)
July 31: Oregon, Ill. (Ogle County Junior Fair)
Aug. 2: Ventura, Calif. (Ventura County Fair)
Aug. 3: Detroit Lakes, Minn. (Soo Pass Ranch)
Aug. 4: Wausau, Wis. (Wisconsin Valley Fair)
Aug. 9: Sandpoint, Idaho (Festival at Sandpoint)
Aug. 11: Edmonton, Alberta (Edmonton Folk Festival)
Aug. 13: Lynden, Wash. (NW Washington Fair)
Aug. 14: Eugene, Ore. (Lane County Fair)
Aug. 16: Havelock, Ontario (Country Jamboree)
Aug. 20: Seattle (Seahawks Stadium)
Aug. 22-23: Cerritos, Calif. (Cerritos Center)
Sept. 1: Walkerton, Ontario (Watershed Festival)
Sept. 20-21: Gstaad, Switzerland (Gstaad Festival)