Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to visit Palladium 

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s rich repertoire will be on display during its concert stop in Carmel.

“We’re going to play, ‘Buy For Me The Rain,’ which was our very first single in 1967, and then we’ll be playing songs from the album we did a couple of years ago,” founding member and singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna said.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Palladium. The group visited the Palladium in March 2016 as part of its 50th anniversary tour.

Ross Holmes, who plays fiddle and mandolin, played with Mumford & Sons and Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers.

“He’s a fine picker. We’re glad to have him aboard,” Hanna said.

The other new member is Hanna’s son, Jaime.

“He played with a great band called The Mavericks for a while and most recently has been playing with a great country singer, Gary Allen,” Hanna said. “When John McEuen left our band last year, it gave us the opportunity to change things up and we’re just having a blast.”

McEuen left to focus on his solo career. McEuen joined the band in 1966 when Jackson Browne left after a few months to concentrate on a solo career. The band released its first album in 1967.

Hanna said the new members have energized the band, which also include original member Jimmie Fadden and Bob Carpenter, who has been with NGDB since the late 1970s.

“We are having the best time every night and there is a lot of musical discovery going on,” Hanna said. “That’s great for a band that has been doing this for 50 years-plus. It’s been a great shot in the arm for us.”

After the tour ends in November, Hanna said they plan to get into the studio to create new music.

“They’re not slowing down,” Hanna said. “It’s not lost on us how lucky we are to be able to do this for so long.”

Through the years, the band has crossed over many genres, including rock, pop, country and now Americana radio stations.

“We started out playing bluegrass and jug music when we were kids,” Hanna said. “There has always been a folk element in what we do. We were also influenced by a lot of great early rock and roll acts like Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly.”

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