Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Announces Farewell Tour

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band says goodbye to the rockstar life after nearly 60 years of musical celebration.

For almost six decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a three-time GRAMMY Award-winning group, has captivated audiences with their exceptional musical talent and enduring hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “An American Dream,” and more. 

Now, the moment has arrived for the band, dedicated to American country and roots music, to bid farewell to the paths they’ve journeyed throughout their illustrious career.

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The Band Created A Chart-Topping Legacy

In 1984, the band achieved a No. 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart with their song “Long Hard Road.” This success was followed by another chart-topper in 1985, “Modern Day Romance,” and in 1987, their smash hit “Fishin’ In The Dark” claimed the No. 1 spot as well. 

Notably, in recent years, artists like Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Dierks Bentley have covered the popular “Fishin’ In The Dark.”

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What’s The Story Behind The Name “The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band?”

Longstanding keyboard player for the band, Bob Carpenter, mentioned that their name was inspired by the 60s trend when bands often had long and unconventional names, reminiscent of groups like The Strawberry Alarm Clock or the Tenth Street Southside Fifth Avenue Kazoo Band.

“When the band was forming, they were the kind of group names that everyone was using. So the band wanted to have a lot of words in the name,” he said.

The band underwent multiple name changes in its first year, at one point adopting the name “The Illegitimate Jug Band,” as it initially began as a jug band.

Fun fact: The choice of “dirt” in their eventual name was more aligned with the concept of “soil of the earth” rather than connoting “filth.”

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All the Good Times: The Farewell Tour

On March 21st, 2024, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will kick off the first leg of their last traditionally scheduled gigs. While it’s not a permanent farewell, it does mark the conclusion of the era of multi-city runs and extended bus journeys for the group. They were at the forefront of the band’s seventh studio album Will The Circle Be Unbroken series, which features icons such as Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, and numerous others.

“‘All the Good Times’ perfectly describes our career,” the band said in a statement. “Playing our music for Dirt Band fans all over the world has been an incredible experience for us. The most important part of that has been the connection to our audience — that beautiful communal give and take is like nothing else. That’s the very spirit we’ll be celebrating as we head into our farewell tour. We’re really looking forward to seeing you folks. Good times will be had by all!” 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 01: Jimmie Fadden, Jaime Hanna, Jim Photoglo, Jeff Hanna, Ross Holmes, and Bob Carpenter of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band perform at City Winery on September 01, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by R. Diamond/Getty Images)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs at City Winery on September 01, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: R. Diamond / Getty Images

All The Good Times: The Farewell Tour Dates

March 21 – Bowling Green, KY – SKyPAC – Main Hall

March 22 – Bloomington, IL – Bloomington Center For The Performing Arts

March 23 – Mount Vernon, KY – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

March 24 – Marietta, OH – Peoples Bank Theatre

March 28 – Odessa, TX – The Ector Theatre

March 29 – Abilene, TX – Outlaws and Legends Music Festival

March 30 – Houston, TX – Arena Theatre

April 25 – Shreveport, LA – The Strand Theatre

April 28 – Oxford, AL – Oxford Performing Arts Center

May 9 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre

May 10 – Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino

May 11 – Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino

May 12 – Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre

May 17 – Raleigh, NC* – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

May 18 – Bristow, VA* – Jiffy Lube Live

May 19 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre

June 21 – Mankato, MN – Vetter Stone Amphitheater 

June 22 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre 

June 23 – Bayfield, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua 

June 27 – Sioux Falls, SD – Alliance Center 

June 28 – Mahnomen, MN – Shooting Star Casino Hotel & Event Center

June 29 – Bismarck, ND – Belle Mehus Auditorium

June 30 – Dauphin, MB, Canada – Dauphin’s Countryfest

July 11 – Mayetta, KS – Prairie Band Casino & Resort – Great Lakes Ballroom

July 12 – Jefferson City, MO – Capital Region MU Health Care Amphitheater

July 13 – Newkirk, OK – 7 Clans First Council Casino 

July 25 – Lubbock, TX – The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences – Helen DeVitt Jones Theater

July 26 – New Braunfels, TX# – Whitewater Amphitheater

July 27 – Fort Worth, TX – Bass Performance Hall

July 28 – Amarillo, TX – Globe-News Center For The Performing Arts

September 14 – Kansas City, MO* – T-Mobile Center

* with Hank Williams, Jr.

# with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Additional dates are soon to be announced!

Watch the band perform “Will The Circle Be Broken” live on TV below.

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