Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Saturday, June 29, 6 p.m., downtown Billings at Second Avenue and 29th Street. Tickets for the all-ages show are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.
For fifty-three years and counting, 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, continues to add to their legendary status.
With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles", multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate.
Their 1972 groundbreaking "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. NGDB’s recording of "Mr. Bojangles" was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2014 "Fishin' In the Dark" was certified platinum for digital downloads by the RIAA and in 2016 their concert film airing on PBS, “Circlin’ Back - Celebrating 50 Years” won an Emmy Award for Special Event Coverage.
Today, NGDB (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, and Bob Carpenter) continue into their 5th decade of non-stop touring. Joining them on stage are musicians, Jaime Hanna, Jim Photoglo and Ross Holmes. Recent tour stops have included the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Stagecoach, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and many more.