- Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 8pm
- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
- Club Regent Event Centre
- 1425 Regent Avenue West, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Announces 50th Anniversary Tour in Canada
For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American music. With one foot planted in the traditions of country-folk and the other pointing toward something new and unexpected, the group continues to tour and release music, influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way. Today, they announce a 50th Anniversary Tour with six shows in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and two U.S. dates in North Dakota (full list below with more dates to be announced soon). Alberta born singer-songwriter JJ Shiplett will be opening for all Canadian dates.
About Nitty Gritty Dirt Band:
Long before Americana music had a name, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band helped lead the charge, mixing elements of country, bluegrass, folk, mountain music, and rock & roll into a sound that celebrated the full range of American music. The guys were traditionalists and trendsetters, performing songs that nodded to the past while still pushing toward the future. Released in 1972 - just six years after the group formed in Southern California - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken still stands as one of the most beloved albums in the country catalog, pairing the young band with legends like Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Mother Maybelle Carter.
Many decades have passed since that milestone album's release, with the members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band now enjoying their own legendary status. They continue to blur lines between genres, however, and Circlin' Back accomplishes something very similar to the classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken, pairing the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with the hit-makers, rule-breakers, and iconic figures of today's roots music community. This time, Hanna, Fadden, Carpenter, and McEuen are the elder statesmen, passing down their influence and inspiration to a younger class without giving up the torch just yet. There's more music to be made, after all. More shows to play. Another half-century to chase down. The circle rolls on.
About JJ Shiplett:
Rugged, raspy and reserved, JJ Shiplett is a true artist in every sense of the word. Unapologetically himself, the Alberta born singer-songwriter and performer is both bold in range and musical creativity and has a passion and reverence for the art of music and performance that has captured the attention of music fans and critics across the country. Aesthetically minded and unyielding, Shiplett combines honest lyricism with impressive and effortless vocals. Destined for a critically praised career ahead, Shiplett released his self-penned breakthrough debut, “Something To Believe In” via HALO Entertainment Group/Warner Music Canada earlier this year. Visit www.jjshiplett.com for the latest tour dates.