Dirt Band finally reaches gold
Monday, May 2, 2011
– More than two decades after its release, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's number one hit single Fishin' in the Dark
is still setting records. The song has been certified Gold by the RIAA for digital sales of over 500,000 copies.
NGDB held down the top spot on the country charts in both the US and Canada in 1987 with the song. It was first released digitally in 2009.
"Fishin' in the Dark seems to have a life of its own and has certainly become a signature song for us over the years," said band member Jeff Hanna. "We love that this song has become a summer anthem and continues to appeal to new audiences year after year."
NGDB is currently on the road in support of their most recent release, the critically acclaimed album "Speed of Life" (2009, Sugar Hill Records).
CD reviews for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years
Fifty years is a long time to do anything, much less keep a band together, but the various lineups of the Dirt Band/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have managed to reach that milestone as one of the most influential and respected acts in country. To celebrate, the band performed a live concert at the Ryman in Nashville with special guests and former band members present. Highlights from the concert and subsequent DVD release are collected on this enjoyable 18-song set.
There are enough other hits albums »»»
Speed of Life
Over the course of 42 years and 30 albums, the Nitty Gritty Dirt
Band has covered a lot of stylistic territory. Most of them seem to
make a repeat appearance here. Such an eclectic mix of tracks could make for a rambling,
disjointed mess, but with the laid back groove of the band and some
low-key production choices, the album comes together as pleasantly
The music kicks off with a great toe-tapper - Tulsa Sounds Like
Trouble to Me - and ends with the Cajun-influenced Good To Be
Welcome to Woody Creek
The Woody Creek referred to in this album's title is the Colorado hometown of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band co-leader Jimmy Ibbotson, which is also where the music was recorded. Such an idyllic setting may well have inspired the warmth and friendliness of this bluegrass-tinged album.
A few notable original songs, such as "Any Love But Our Love," which has a Steve Earle meets The Everly Brothers vibe to it, are included.
"Forever Don't Last" is another winner, where Ibbotson provides a gritty Levon »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures
After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set.
As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow
Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well.
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