PBS Pledge Special Airs March 2016, Check Local Listings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 3, 2016)
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter
and John McEuen) will host a star-studded televised PBS special
throughout March that was filmed at the historic Ryman Auditorium during
a sold-out performance as the iconic group celebrates its 50th
anniversary. Click here to find dates and times for when the PBS Pledge Special airs in your hometown.

The special also features guest artists, including John Prine, Sam
Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell,
Byron House, and Jerry Douglas as well as former members, Jimmy Ibbotson
(long-time member for decades) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and
early NGDB member Jackson Browne.

“We are so humbled and honored to share the stage with these
legendary artists who we’re grateful to call friends. And now our fans
will have an opportunity to enjoy this historic show thanks to PBS and
the Tennessee Department of Tourism,” Jeff Hanna said.

The special is made possible with support from the Tennessee
Department of Tourism. “I’ve been a fan of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
for most of my life,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee
Department of Tourist Development.

“The influence of the band goes far beyond the enjoyment of listening
to its music. There are pivotal projects in the history of music that
are capable of changing a direction of a genre and raise awareness of an
entire generation. It is not an overstatement to say the “Will The
Circle Be Unbroken” album is one of those projects. Having the band
launch their 50th anniversary celebration from the Mother Church of
Country Music – The Ryman is more than appropriate, it is ordained.
We’re fortunate to have them as part of ‘The Soundtrack of America, Made
in Tennessee,’” Commissioner Triplett added.

There will be an accompanying CD and DVD that include extra songs and
performances as well as concert tickets and meet and greets in select
markets available exclusively through PBS member stations.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continue non-stop touring in celebration
of their Golden 50th anniversary planned to run through the end of 2017,
with many additional dates to be announced. Plans are to be extensive
with select shows featuring special guests in select markets as well as
many new exciting show elements. This will be a tour not to be missed.

March 11 – The Palladium at Center for the Performing Arts – Carmel, Ind.
March 18 – French Lick Resort – French Lick, Ind.
March 19 – Little River Casino Resort – Manistee, Mich.
April 08 – Riverside Casino – Riverside, Iowa
April 09 – Grand Falls Casino Resort – Larchwood, Iowa .
April 29 – Las Cruces Downtown – Las Cruces, N.M.
April 30 – Talking Stick Resort and Casino – Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 13 – Stone Mountain Arts Center – Brownfield, Maine
May 14 – The Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ
May 15 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT
May 18 – State Theatre – State College, PA
May 20 – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, Pa.
May 21 – The Colonial Theatre – Phoenixville, Pa.
June 02 – Stiefel Theatre – Salina, KS
June 03 – Shawnee River Festival – Eldon, Mo.
June 10 – America’s River Festival – Dubuque, Iowa
June 18 – Southwind Casino – Braman, Okla.
July 07 – Country Concert at Hickory Hill – Fort Loramie, Ohio
July 08 – Hodag Festival – Rhinelander, Wis.
July 09 – Country Concert – St. Bernard, Ohio
July 17 – Jamboree In The Hills – Morristown, Ohio
July 30 – Wayne County Fair – Wayne, Neb.
Aug 05 – Manitoulin Country Fest – Little Current, Canada
Aug 06 – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Bayfield, Wis.

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