NGDB, High Valley, Bryan drop new music
Friday, May 20, 2022
– Long running country band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band," offers a 10-song tribute to Bob Dylan with "Dirt Does Dylan." The set mainly covers well-known Dylan songs.
Canadian group High Valley, which incorporates bluegrass, is out with "Way Back." Curtis Rempel is the only remaining Rempel in the group after his two brothers left. High Valley released an EP, "Grew Up On That," in 2020. They previously had hits with "Make You Mine" and "She's With Me."
Zach Bryan is a 26-year-old Oklahoman with two albums to his credit. He has a most unusual debut, a three-CD, 34-song effort, "American Heartbreak." He served seven years in the Navy. He mixes folks and outlaw country with a raw edge.
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Naturally, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gives Bob Dylan songs a little extra twang with "Dirt Does Dylan." They're a fairly traditional country act, after all. Then again, so much of Dylan's music was/is already quite country, so they didn't have to rearrange it all too much. There's lots of fiddle, harmonica and acoustic instrumentation, however, and it's all good.
When choosing these nine songs, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band mainly stayed with familiar tunes. ...
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 ...
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