It’s been a few years since Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Jeff Hanna paid $4 to see Bob Dylan play at his high school auditorium in Long Beach, California, but the fire lit inside of Hanna that night still burns as strong as ever. Hanna and his Dirt Band bandmates have had quite a career of their own since then, introducing folk, bluegrass, and country music—what would later be termed “Americana”—to a whole new generation of fans. Their latest effort, however, is a full-circle return with Dirt Does Dylan, a ten-track album highlighting some of the gems from Dylan’s vast catalog with the help of three new band members: fiddle specialist Ross Holmes; singer-songwriter and bass player Jim Photoglo (who wrote one of the Dirt Band’s biggest hits, “Fishin’ in the Dark”); and Dirt Band founder Jeff Hanna’s son, the absurdly talented singer and guitarist Jaime Hanna. Produced and recorded by Ray Kennedy at Room & Board Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, Dirt Does Dylan finds a generation-spanning Dirt Band paying an appropriately great tribute to arguably the greatest songwriter of the 20th century with the help of friends like Jason Isbell, The War & Treaty, Steve Earle, and Rosanne Cash, to name a few.
Dirt Does Dylan In The News:
Jeff Hanna spoke with Billboard about the concept and recording process behind Dirt Does Dylan.
The Bluegrass Situation named the band their May Artist of the Month.
PBS Newshour spoke with Hanna about Doc Watson’s influence at their recent MerleFest performance.
Jeff and Jaime Hanna joined Premier Guitar’s Rig Rundown, showcasing a taste of their beloved guitar collection.
Tennessean premiered the band’s “feel-good” video “Forever Young,” calling their rendition, “an Americana foot-stomper.”
No Depression praised the album in their review, commenting, “A downright stirring 'The Times They Are A-Changin’.' The song’s never been more powerful than in this moving version. So don’t think twice about adding this album to your record collection. It can nestle next to the Dirt Band classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
Holler. interviewed Jeff Hanna about the band’s origins and evolution.
1. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You
2. Girl from the North Country
3. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
4. Country Pie
5. I Shall Be Released (ft. Larkin Poe)
6. She Belongs to Me
7. Forever Young
8. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (ft. Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, and The War and Treaty)
9. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
10. Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
Catch Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on tour:
May 20 - Papillion, NE - Sumtur Amphitheater
May 21 - Chesterfield, MO - Chesterfield Amphitheatre
May 22 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater
June 9 - Eureka Springs, AR - Eureka Springs City Auditorium
June 10 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
June 11 - Salina, KS - Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
June 24 - Grand Junction, CO - Country Jam 2022
June 25 - North Platte, NE - Nebraskaland Days
July 14 - Davenport, IA - Rhythm City Casino Resort
July 15 - Decorah, IA - Winneshiek County Fair
July 16 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
July 21 - Marietta, OH - Peoples Bank Theatre
July 22 - Shipshewana, IN - Blue Gate Performing Arts Center
July 23 - Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder Wisconsin 2022
Aug. 3 - McMinnville, OR - Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo
Aug. 4 - Boise, ID - The Egyptian Theatre
Aug. 6 - Bellvue, CO - Mishawaka Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 - Hinckley, MN - Grand Country Nights 2022
Aug. 13 - South West Fargo, ND - Lights Amphitheater
Aug. 18 - Three Forks, MT - Headwaters Country Jam 2022
Aug. 19 - Rexford, MT - Abayance Bay Marina
Aug. 27 - Gilbert, AZ - Higley Center For The Performing Arts
Aug. 28 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Sept. 2 - Orange Park, FL - Thrasher-Horne Center
Sept. 3 - Mill Spring, NC - The Earl Scruggs Music Festival 2022
Sept. 17 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Nov. 4 - Clearwater, FL - Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
All tour dates and ticket information can be found at nittygritty.com/tour.