Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Country / Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||country bluegrass folk country rock classic rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Formed in Long Beach, California, in 1965, this enduring attraction evolved from the regions traditional circuit. Founder members Jeff Hanna (11 July 1947; guitar/vocals) and Bruce Kunkel (guitar/vocals) had worked together as the New Coast Two, prior to joining the Illegitimate Jug Band. Glen Grosclose (drums), Dave Hanna (guitar/vocals), Ralph Barr (guitar) and Les Thompson (bass/vocals) completed the embryonic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band line-up, although Grosclose and Dave Hanna quickly made way for Jimmie Fadden (b. 9 March 1948, Long Beach, California, USA; drums/guitar) and Jackson Browne (guitar/vocals). Although the last musician only remained for a matter of months - he was replaced by John McEuen - his songs remained in the bands repertoire throughout their early career. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band comprised jug-band, vaudeville and pop material, ranging from the quirky Candy Man to the orchestrated folk/pop of Buy For Me The...