Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in Concert- Cyber Monday Ticket Special


CENTRAL CITY – The Linn County Fair presents Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in concert on Friday, June 29, 2012, 7 p.m. at The Linn County Fair grandstands. This is an all-ages show.  Local band Lonesome Road will open the show.

The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status.


With multi–‐platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles”, multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate.


Their groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. NGDB’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was

also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.


NGDB (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, John McEuen) are touring in support of their most recent release, the critically acclaimed album “Speed of Life” (2009, SugarHill Records) with recent tour stops at Bonnaroo and Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble.


Ticket information:

Tickets for the concert go on sale “Cyber Monday,” November 28, at 7am online only.  

***CYBER MONDAY TICKET SPECIAL***BUY TWO TICKETS FOR $18 – VISIT WWW.THELINNCOUNTYFAIR.COM TO PURCHASE- special runs from 7am to midnight on Monday, November 28th only.


Tickets prior to concert are $18, $20 day of show.


Concert location:

The Linn County Fairgrounds are located just south of Central City on the east side of Highway 13 at 201 Central City Road, Central City, Iowa.  For more information on the concert go to or contact Heidi Steffen at or call 319-350-5569.


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Fact Sheet


-‘Speed of Life’ is Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s latest studio album, featuring core members Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and John McEuen. The band recorded ‘Speed’ live in Nashville’s Blackbird Studio, with George Massenburg and Jon Randall Stewart producing.


-With a career that spans five decades, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug-band to pioneers of country rock, and their influence is still being felt today. Formed in Southern California, the band released their self-titled debut album in 1967, which included the hit “Buy For Me The Rain.” It was their 5th record, 1970’s ‘Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy,’ that would become the band’s breakthrough project, which included their version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles”, recently inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle be Unbroken,’ a three-LP set recorded live in the studio in Nashville over six days in 1971, became a landmark event and a multi-platinum success. The album featured the band collaborating with their heroes, a veritable summit of talent including Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff and Mother Maybelle Carter. ‘Circle…’ remains such a significant album that nearly thirty years after its original release, it was one of 50 recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress.


-In the early 80s, the band returned to Nashville and continued to top the charts for another decade with songs such as “Dance Little Jean,” “Workin’ Man,” “Long Hard Road,” “Baby’s Got A Hold On Me” and “Fishin’ in the Dark.”


-In 1989, the group revisited the ‘Circle’ concept with great success, gathering another impressive roster of performers (including Johnny Cash, EmmyLou Harris, Levon Helm, Chet Atkins, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt and Roseanne Cash) for sessions that had a pronounced country-gospel feel. ‘Circle II’ would go on to win three GRAMMY Awards and the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year.


-In 2002 ‘Circle III’ (with many current artists added to the previous cast) received similar accolades and attention, garnering the International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year award as well as leading to a 2005 GRAMMY for Country Instrumental Performance (with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and the late Vassar Clements).


-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s influence continues to trickle down through generations of roots music, inspiring artists from Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas to the Avett Brothers.





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