After nearly 50 years, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band still going strong -- Gazette.Net


It’s perfectly natural for band lineups to change over the years. When you’ve been together for almost 50 years, 18 different members doesn’t seem too terribly bad. And hey, if you’re a country band, you can just write a song about it.

Such is life for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, playing Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore.

The band formed in 1966 in Long Beach, Calif., and since has gone on to win several Grammy awards and garner multiple Country Music Association nominations.

After a bit of in-fighting in 1976, the band shortened its name to The Dirt Band for five years and changed its sound to a more pop/rock vibe. That only lasted for five years. In 1982, the band returned to being called the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and rediscovered its country music-performing ways.

In 2009, the band released its latest album, “Speed of Life,” which received favorable reviews. Of the 13 songs, 11 were new songs written by the band.

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