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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band stays true to roots music

Group keeps busy, touring helps develop younger listeners

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band play the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tonight, joined by Asleep at the Wheel.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band play the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tonight, joined by Asleep at the Wheel.
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In more than four decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has worn many different musical hats. When singer-guitarists Jeff Hanna and Bruce Kunkel first formed the group in 1966 in Long Beach, Calif., it was an acoustic-based jug band. Two years later, the group had adopted a full drum set and electric instruments in many of its songs, pushing its sound in country-rock direction. Shifting styles In subsequent years, the band moved between folk and ...

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