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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Dirt Does Dylan
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band return with their first album since 2009's Speed of Life and the second (and apparently permanent) departure of their recognizable co-founder John McEuen. So, to help them reestablish the band and the brand they have turned to the "Bard of Minnesota" to help them mark their territory on Dirt Does Dylan - a pleasing 10 track collection that mines Robert Zimmerman's best known songs and some deeper cuts from his early years.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band circa 2022 adds three new members: fiddle specialist Ross Holmes; singer-songwriter and bass player Jim Photoglo (who wrote one of the Dirt Band's biggest hits, "Fishin' in the Dark"); and Dirt Band founder Jeff Hanna's son, the absurdly talented singer and guitarist Jaime Hanna. Produced and recorded by Ray Kennedy at Room & Board Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, Dirt Does Dylan finds a generation-spanning Dirt Band paying an appropriately great tribute to arguably the greatest songwriter of the 20th century with the help of friends like Jason Isbell, The War & Treaty, Steve Earle, and Rosanne Cash, to name a few.
As times continue to change we can happily report that for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - the circle does indeed remain unbroken - especially on the timely powerful retelling of "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and a stirring remake of "I Shall Be Released" featuring Larkin Poe. Like their previous famous franchise could there be a few more volumes of Dylan covers in the future? Well, if so they shouldn't think twice - it will be all right by us. Especially if they measure up to the quality music found on this great effort.
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Review by Rockin' Rich Lynch |
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band