Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 26, 2004

Whatever happened to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which was my favorite country band when I was a teenager?

—Lon S., Pennsylvania

“Well, might depend on when you were a teenager,” says band co-founder John McEuen. The group, which performed its first gig in California in 1966, has had several incarnations. The current group—founding members Jeff Hanna and Jimmie Fadden, as well as Bob Carpenter, Jimmy Ibbotson and McEuen—has recorded and toured steadily. In 2003, they saw the release of Will the Circle Be Unbroken—The Trilogy, a boxed set featuring all three volumes of their acclaimed series. This week, they released a new album titled Welcome to Woody Creek. “Though they’re new songs, they’re possibly much like the sound you were familiar with,” McEuen adds. Carpenter’s first solo album was released this month. Additional information on McEuen can be found at