Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Performs July 3

“You and me go fishin’ in the dark
Lyin’ on our backs and countin’ the stars
Where the cool grass grows
Down by the river in the full moonlight
We’ll be fallin in love
In the middle of the night
Just movin’ slow
Stayin’ the whole night through
It feels so good to be with you!”

Jill M. Rohrbach

The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View is a perfect place to see Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Part of the park’s Celebrity Concert Series, they’ll place at 7 p.m., July 3. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band started out as a young jug-band formed in southern California in 1966. The quartet – Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and John McEuen – is still going strong.

Their debut album was released in 1967, but it was their fifth album, 1970’s Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, that would become band’s breakthrough project, yielding three pop hits including their version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles.” The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Circle… album, a three-LP set, recorded live in the studio in Nashville over six days in 1971, became a landmark event and a multi-platinum success. Circle remains such a significant effort that 30 years later it was one of 50 recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress.

The 80s brought them a highly successful career in mainstream country music with hits that included, “Dance Little Jean,” “Workin’ Man”, “Long Hard Road”, “Baby’s Got A Hold On Me” and “Fishin’ in the Dark.” They had plenty more accolades and hits over the next years. With a career that spans five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug-band to pioneers of country rock. Their influence is still being felt today.

Tickets for the show are $35 and available by calling the park at 870-269-3851.

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