Country-folk-rock group The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will open this fall’s Silver Series with a concert September 25 in Silver Cultural Arts Center on the Plymouth State University campus.
Best known for their collaborations with early country music performers, the Dirt Band traveled to Nashville in 1971 to record with the pioneers of country music. The resulting three-album set, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, went on to sell more than one million copies and introduced a younger generation to Roy Acuff, Maybelle Carter, Junior Huskey, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Vassar Clements, among others. The album is included in the Grammy Hall of Fame and was described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the most important record to come out of Nashville.”
In 1989, the band, along with producer Randy Scruggs recorded Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. II, with even more stars, including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Bruce Hornsby. The album went on to win three Grammy awards and was named “Album of the Year” by the Country Music Association.
The third Unbroken album was released in 2002 and included Watson, Harris, Randy Scruggs, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Del McCoury, Iris DeMent, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Taj Mahal, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. The same year, the 30th anniversary edition of the original album was re-released by Capital Records.
The band’s newest album, Welcome to Woody Creek, is slated for release on
Band members include: Jeff Hanna, guitar/washboard/vocals; Jimmie Fadden, drums/harmonica/vocals; Jimmy Ibbotson, guitar/mandolin/bass/vocals; Bob Carpenter, keyboards/accordion/vocals, and John McEuen, banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin.
The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., is sponsored in part by The Common Man Inn and Foster’s Steakhouse.
Ticket prices range from $28 to $17. More information is available from the Silver Center box office at 535-ARTS.
The Silver Cultural Arts Center is one of a dozen featured theaters in the 2005 New Hampshire’s Living Legacy calendar. The calendar, published by the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, celebrates the great theaters across New Hampshire, photos of productions, important dates in their histories and contact numbers for more information. These calendars are for sale for $5 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office and at the concession stand during performances.
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