Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends – Fifty Years, Circlin’ Back! nominated for Special Event Coverage in 31st Midsouth Regional EMMY® Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 21, 2016) – For
five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most
iconic names in American roots music. With one foot planted in the
traditions of country-folk and the other pointing toward something new
and unexpected, the group continues to tour and release music,
influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way.
Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year’s Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends – Fifty Years, Circlin’ Back! PBS special, which was nominated for a Midsouth Regional EMMY® for Special Event Coverage
on Friday. Produced for PBS by Todd Squared, Todd Jarrell, Todd Mayo,
Steve Schweidel, and directed by James Yockey, Circlin’ Back ran
nationwide in conjunction with a PBS pledge drive in March 2016.
Circlin’ Back is also available as a cd/dvd combo with bonus songs and interviews, released Sept. 30 via Warner Music Nashville.
Recorded live at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, Nitty
Gritty Dirt Band & Friends captures a group of longtime road
warriors who’ve yet to lose their grit, joined onstage by John Prine,
Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell,
Byron House, and Jerry Douglas. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and early
Dirt Band member) Jackson Browne joined in, along with longtime member
Jimmy Ibbotson, while a sold-out crowd sings along in the background.
From country classics to deep cuts, the tracklist finds bandmates Jeff
Hanna (guitars/vocals), Jimmie Fadden (drums/harmonica/vocals), Bob
Carpenter (keyboards/accordion/vocals) and John McEuen
(banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin) swapping harmonies, trading solos, and
shining new light on a catalog of vital, vibrant music.
The Midsouth EMMY®
chapter received nearly 900 entries, which were judged by the Northwest
Chapter based in Seattle, the Suncoast Chapter in Florida, and the
Upper Midwest Chapter in Minneapolis. Nominations were announced on
Thursday, November 17 and the videostream is archived. The awards gala will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
before Americana music had a name, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band helped
lead the charge, mixing elements of country, bluegrass, folk, mountain
music, and rock & roll into a sound that celebrated the full range
of American music. The guys were traditionalists and
trendsetters, performing songs that nodded to the past while still
pushing toward the future. Released in 1972 — just six years after the
group formed in Southern California — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the
Circle Be Unbroken still stands as one of the most beloved albums in the
country catalog, pairing the young band with legends like Roy Acuff,
Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Mother Maybelle Carter.
decades have passed since that milestone album’s release, with the
members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band now enjoying their own legendary
status. They continue to blur lines between genres, however, and the
upcoming Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Friends accomplishes
something very similar to the classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken,
pairing the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with the hit-makers, rule-breakers,
and iconic figures of today’s roots music community. This time, Hanna,
Fadden, Carpenter, and McEuen are the elder statesmen, passing down
their influence and inspiration to a younger class without giving up the
torch just yet. There’s more music to be made, after all. More shows to
play. Another half-century to chase down. The circle rolls on.
Jan 13 New Philadelphia, Ohio. / Performing Arts Center at Kent
Jan 14 Kent, Ohio. / The Kent Stage
Feb 03 Madisonville, Ky. / Glema Mahr Center for the Arts
Feb 04 Fayetteville, Ark. / Walton Arts Center
Mar 04 Roanoke Rapids, N.C. / The Roanoke Rapids Theater
Mar 10 Green Bay, Wisc. / Meyer Theatre
Mar 11 Effingham, Ill. / Effingham Performance Center
Mar 12 Middletown, Ohio / Finkelman Auditorium
Mar 25 Fort Pierce, Fla. / Sunrise Theatre
Mar 26 Clearwater, Fla. / Capitol Theatre
Mar 27 Sarasota, Fla. / Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Mar 31 Atlanta, Ga. / Atlanta Symphony Hall