Iconic Group Performs For St. Anthony Hospital Patients in Lakewood, Colo.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 3, 2016)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden and Bob
Carpenter delivered the healing power of music to patients, visitors and
staff during a visit to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colo.

“Our visit and tour of the hospital was the highlight of our weekend –
getting to see firsthand the amazing work that the doctors, nurses and
administrative staff are doing was humbling and inspiring. It was our
pleasure to play a few tunes for the patients, their families and staff.
We gained the most from that experience. We’re really glad we were
there,” Jeff Hanna said.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also performed at the 2016 St. Anthony
Hospital Gala for more than 900 in attendance. The gala, organized by
the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, raises money for St. Anthony
Hospital programs and services.

Jeff Brickman, Group President, Mountains and North Denver Operating
Group and President and CEO of St. Anthony Hospital was thrilled that
the band took time out of its schedule to visit with Hospital staff,
visitors and patients. “Music is therapeutic and provides another
mechanism for healing. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it,” Brickman

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues to tour in celebration of their
50th anniversary, with additional dates to be announced. Select shows
will feature special guests.

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 20 Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, Pa.
May 21 The Colonial Theatre – Phoenixville, Pa.
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
Aug 05 Manitoulin Country Fest – Little Current, Canada
Aug 06 Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Bayfield, Wis.


The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often
cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country, rock and American
roots music, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of nonstop touring and
recording vital music. Formed in California in 1966, the Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band consists of founding members Jeff Hanna (guitars/vocals),
Jimmie Fadden (drums/harmonica/vocals), John McEuen
(banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin), and Bob Carpenter
(keyboards/accordion/vocals), “The New Guy” since 1977. The group has
lasted longer than virtually any other country-based group of their era
with multi-platinum and gold records, including legendary hits “Mr.
Bojangles” and “Fishin’ in the Dark” (certified platinum for digital
downloads in 2014 and the longest recurrent country radio song of all
time). Their groundbreaking 1972 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
album, which assembled the living legends of country, bluegrass and
mountain music to record what many critics have hailed as “an American
treasure,” has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress and the
Grammy Hall of Fame, paving the way for generations of what’s now known
as today’s “cross genre movement.” “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted
into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. Most recently the Nitty Gritty
Dirty Band was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, class of

St. Anthony Hospital is nationally recognized for its renowned
programs in trauma, cardiovascular services, oncology, neurosciences and
orthopedics. St. Anthony Hospital’s expert team of physicians, nurses
and other caregivers provide unparalleled medical care for patients and
access to the latest in medical technology. St Anthony Hospital is part
of Centura Health, which connects individuals, families and
neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000
physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. For
more information on the St. Anthony Medical Campus, please visit or follow the hospital via Twitter @stahospital and

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