As a foursome of Hanna, Fadden, Ibbotson and Carpenter, the band again toured the former Soviet Union, as well as Canada, Europe, and Japan. Albums during this period included The Dirt Band and An American Dream. Some estimates put the crowd at 350,000 people, which would make this one of the largest music events in history. After the next album Les Thompson left the group, making the band a foursome. A second album, Ricochet, was released later during the year and was less successful than their first. Who would hide such a handsome face with hair?! Or, ‘marrying up,’ is another one I like. Anyway, he is a prince. 9 on Billboard's all genre Hot 100 chart, with 36 weeks on the chart. In 2009 the band released a new album, Speed of Life. , Jeff Hanna and John McEuen's sons, Jaime Hanna and Jonathan McEuen, recorded for DreamWorks Records in 2005 as Hanna-McEuen. I feel lucky to have had such a sweet man in my life for so long.". A follow-up album based on the same concept, Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two was released in 1989, was certified gold, won two Grammys, and was named Album of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. In 1977, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band first appeared on the second season of the PBS music program Austin City Limits. Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen was with the band from 1966 to 1986 and returned during 2001, staying 16 years, then departing again in November 2017. During July 1974, the band was among the headline acts at the Ozark Music Festival at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. The albums Make a Little Magic and Jealousy were released in 1980 and 1981, with the single "Make a Little Magic" featuring Nicolette Larson reaching the Top 25 on the pop chart. 2003 – CMA nomination for Vocal Event of the Year (NGDB with Johnny Cash); 2004 – Grammy award for Best Country Instrumental (NGDB with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and Vassar Clements), 2015 – Colorado Music Hall of Fame induction, Jimmie Fadden – drums, harmonica, percussion, vocals, Bob Carpenter – keyboards, accordion, keyboard bass, vocals, This page was last edited on 19 October 2020, at 11:56.  Embracing a straight, traditional country and bluegrass sound, the album included the group's best-known singles; a cover version of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles" Bruce left the group to form WordSalad and of the People. On September 30, 2016, Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years, a live CD and DVD was released. Before getting married on Dec. 5, 1993, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band co-founder Jeff Hanna and talented songwriter Matraca Berg bonded in a very sweet (literally) way. Berg is the co-writer of Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine" and numerous other hits, so to say that she and Hanna are a talented duo is an understatement.  He was with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1987 and 1988. Marcus’ wife, Becca Stevens, had actually married Matraca and me," Hanna recalls. 1 singles "Fishin' in the Dark" and "Baby's Got a Hold on Me."  Their version of "Mr. Bojangles" became the group's first hit, peaking at No.  The band's membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years, including a period from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded as the Dirt Band. John currently performs as a solo artist. The Christmas Album was released in 1997, followed by Bang! It’s a long story. And with the father-son pairing of Jeff and Jaime Hanna, the band carries on a country music tradition of blood harmony. He grew up on his father's farm and volunteered for the family veterinarian, Dr. Roberts, when he was 11. But both of our marriages imploded," Hanna recalls, adding that, "after the dust settled" from his divorce, he was unaware that Berg had divorced as well. Stars & Stripes Forever was a live album that mixed old successes such as "Buy for Me the Rain" and "Mr. Bojangles" with Circle collaborations (fiddler Vassar Clements was a guest performer) and long storytelling spoken-word monologues. Albums include 1972's Will the Circle be Unbroken, featuring such traditional country artists as Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, and Jimmy Martin. At another concert, the band opened for the rock band Aerosmith. In 1979, Bregante left the group and drummers Michael Buono and then Michael Gardner replaced Bregante on stage with the group on tour, only to be succeeded by Vic Mastrianni in 1981. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter joined the band in 1977. The band's 19th album, Hold On featured the No. In May 1977, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band became the first American group allowed to tour the Soviet Union playing 28 sold-out concerts, and a televised appearance that is estimated to have been watched by 145 million people. McEuen's older brother, William, was the group's manager, and he helped the band get signed with Liberty Records, which released the group's debut album, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band during 1967. In 2018, Jaime Hanna (Jeff Hanna's son) and Ross Holmes joined the band on tour, along with Jim Photoglo, who began touring with the band in 2016.