TENNESSEE TOURISM HONORS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
Celebrating 50 Years as Part of The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 13, 2016) – In Celebration of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 50th anniversary, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development honored bandmates Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen with special commemorative art pieces that included official Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill certificates signed by Gov. Bill Haslam. The special presentation took place at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest, just prior to the band’s debut performance at the stadium. Brian Wagner, assistant commissioner of marketing, Department of Tourist Development, made the presentation to each member of the world-renowned group.
“We are incredibly proud of the impact that the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has had on the musical heritage of Tennessee,” said Wagner. “Our brand message notes The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee. Over the past fifty years, the works created by these musicians, in collaboration with legendary country music artists, have served as a touchstone for so many new fans to the genre not just in the United States, but around the world.”
Matted and framed along with the certificates signed by Gov. Bill Haslam was a custom-designed piece of artwork. Text creating a circle border to the design read, “The Unbroken Circle. Part of the Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee. June 11, 2016.” Incorporated into the center of the design was the band’s 50th anniversary logo which states, “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years of Dirt.”
This is not the first acknowledgement Tennessee Tourism has shown for the group, as the department recently supported the group’s star-studded televised PBS Pledge Special, a project that has reached more than 267 million viewers across the country. The show, filmed at the historic Ryman Auditorium, 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.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a full slate of dates commemorating the 50th milestone to run through the end of 2017, with many additional dates to be announced. Plans are extensive with select shows featuring special guests as well as many new exciting show elements.
For more information, visit nittygritty.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND ON TOUR:
June 16 – Stafford Centre Performing Arts – Stafford, Texas
June 17 – Grand Casino Events Center – Shawnee, Okla.
June 18 – Southwind Casino – Braman, Okla.
June 22 – The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, Calif.
June 23 – Del Mar Fairgrounds – Paddock – Del Mar, Calif.
June 30 – Royal Gorge Bridge & Park – Canon City, Colo.
July 01 – Vilar Performing Arts Center – Beaver Creek, Colo.
July 02 – Fir Amphitheater – La Veta Pas – Alamosa, Colo.
July 03 – Fir Amphitheater – Alamosa, Colo.
July 07 – Country Concert at Hickory Hill – Fort Loramie, Ohio
July 08 – Hodag Festival – Rhinelander, Wis.
July 09 – Minnesota Zoo – Apple Valley, Minn.
July 15 – Shenandoah Valley Music Festival – Orkney Springs, Virg.
July 16 – Bob Evans Farm Festival – Bidwell, Ohio
July 17 – Jamboree In The Hills – Morristown, Ohio
July 23 – Surf Ballroom – Clear Lake, Iowa
July 24 – Ravinia Festival – Highland Park, Ill.
July 28 – Door Community Auditorium – Fish Creek, Wisc.
July 29 – Vadalabene Center – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, Ill.
July 30 – Wayne County Fair – Wayne, Neb.
Aug 05 – Manitoulin Country Fest – Little Current, Canada
Aug 06 – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua – Bayfield, Wisc.
Aug 07 – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua – Bayfield, Wisc.
Aug 12 – Festival at Sandpoint – Sandpoint, Idaho
Aug 13 – Crook County Fair – Prineville, Ore.
Aug 26 – Detroit Mountain Recreational – Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Aug 27 – Seven Clans Casino – Red Lake – Puposky, Minn.
Sept 02 – Honeywell Center – Wabash, Ind.
Sept 04 – Central Wisconsin State Fair – Marshfield, Wisc.
Sept 09 – The Strand Theatre – Shreveport, La.
Sept 11 – Silver Dollar City – Branson, Mo.
Sept 15 – Britt Pavilion – Jacksonville, Ore.
Sept 16 – Sonoma State University – The Green Music Center – Rohnert Park, Ca.
Sept 22 – Reynolds Performance Hall – Conway, Ark.
Sept 23 – Halloran Centre for Performing Arts – Memphis, Tenn.
Oct 01 – Anderson Music Hall – Hiawassee, Ga.
Oct 04 – Schermerhorn Symphony Center – Nashville, Tenn.
Oct 06 – Oxford Performing Arts Center – Oxford, Ala.
Oct 22 – The Majestic Theatre – Dallas, Tex.
Nov 13 – MotorCity Casino Hotel – Detroit, Mich.
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ABOUT NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND:
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, marks its 50th birthday 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 group has lasted longer than virtually any other 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. “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 2015. For more information, visit nittygritty.com.
ABOUT THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TOURIST DEVELOPMENT:
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is to motivate travel to and within Tennessee by inspiring enjoyment, creating memories, producing a desire to return, and establishing key long-term relationships that result in visitors becoming residents. The promise of Tennessee—the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll—is to be the global music destination of choice. To deliver an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”