Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years

Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years

by The Nitty Gritty Dirt BandThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


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Friends always meant something special to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -- their 1972 breakthrough, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, was filled with them -- so it only makes sense that the group rounded up a bunch of pals for a 50th anniversary concert held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on September 14, 2015. Released a year later, Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years does indeed play like a celebration. Revisiting an equal portion of hits and traditional tunes, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band sound as deep and wise as the Nashville veterans did when they guested on Will the Circle Be Unbroken, but the nice thing about the Circlin' Back concert is that it takes into account the smoother hits the band had in the '80s: Rodney Crowell and Alison Krauss sit in on "An American Dream" and Jimmy Ibbotson plays on "Fishin' in the Dark." Here, they're presented in stripped-down arrangements that nevertheless echo the soft rock gloss of the hit singles, and when combined with rollicking bluegrass, rustic folk, and straight-ahead country, it results in a full portrait of what the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is all about. Better still, Circlin' Back is just a good time: as John Prine, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Jackson Browne, and Jerry Jeff Walker take the stage, the entire thing feels like a party -- which, of course, is what it was.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2016
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624916666
catalogNumber: 557476

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jackson Browne   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John Prine   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John McEuen   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin,Lap Steel Guitar,5-string Banjo,Group Member
Bob Carpenter   Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Jimmie Fadden   Harmonica,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Hanna   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Washboard,Group Member
Byron House   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Jimmy Ibbotson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Jeff Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Jackson Browne   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Greg Copeland   Composer
Steve Noonan   Composer
John McEuen   Composer
Jimmie Driftwood   Composer
Jimmie Fadden   Composer
Jeff Hanna   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Ibbotson   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Jimmy Martin   Composer
Bob McDill   Composer
Jim Photoglo   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Waldman   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Steve Schweidel   Executive Producer
June Carter   Composer
Michael Davis   Producer

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