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Fire in the Sky. Dance Little Jean. High Horse. A second album, Ricochet, released seven months later, was a critical success but a commercial failure. The group now found itself at an impasse over the issue of whether to go electric. During the dispute, Kunkel, who wanted to add an Chusma Satanica - Various - Blast Til Death Vol.
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He was replaced by Chris Darrow guitar, fiddle. Ironically, by mid the group had gone electric, and also added drums to their sound. Their first electric album, Rare Junk, released in June ofwas also a commercial failure.
The band was barely working, a far cry from their success of American Dream - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band* - Twenty Years Of Dirt - The Best Of The Nitty Gritty D year earlier. The band persevered, however, and released Alive! The album was another commercial disaster, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band closed up shop soon after. The members scattered for several months, but six months later the group was back for another try; the new lineup included McEuen, Hanna, Fadden, Thompson, and Jim Ibbotson guitars, accordion, drums, percussion, piano, vocals.
They returned to their record company with a demand for control over their recordings and the record company agreed. Bill McEuen became the group's producer as well as its manager. Rooted tightly in their jug band sound, the album had a country feel but no trace of the vaudeville and novelty numbers that had appeared on their earlier records.
The album yielded what is the group's best-known single, their cover of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles," and suddenly, the band had a following bigger than anything they'd known during their brief bout of success in Their next album, All The Good Times, released in earlyhad an even more countrified feel.
By American Dream - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band* - Twenty Years Of Dirt - The Best Of The Nitty Gritty D, several rock bands, most notably the Byrds and the Beau Brummels, had gone to Nashville seeking credibility from the country music community there, only to be received poorly by that community and to have their resulting work ignored by the press and public. At the suggestion Too Much Monkey Business - The Beatles - The Beatles At The Beeb Vol.
2 manager Bill McEuen, however, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band went to Nashville in and recorded a selection of traditional country numbers with the likes of Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, Mother Maybelle Carter, and other members of country and bluegrass music's veteran elite. Some of the veteran Nashville stars were skeptical and suspicious at first of the bandmembers and their amplified instruments, but the ice was broken when they saw how respectful the band was toward them and their work, and their music, as well as how serious they were about their own music.
The resulting triple album, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, released in January ofbecame a million-seller and elicited positive reviews from both the rock and country music press. The band had, by now, eclipsed the competition as a "crossover" act, reaching American Dream - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band* - Twenty Years Of Dirt - The Best Of The Nitty Gritty D and bluegrass audiences even as their rock listeners acquired a new appreciation for musicians such as Acuff and Carter.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band succeeded with Will the Circle Be Unbroken because they were willing to meet country and bluegrass music on the terms of those two branches of traditional music, rather than as rock musicians.
Jim Ibbotson left the lineup at around this time, and was replaced initially by session player Bob Carpenter. Their records were far less eccentric, although they continued to be popular. The band's next albums were decidedly more laid-back than previous records, and didn't attract nearly as much attention.
Byhowever, they were back to their country roots, renamed the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Jim Ibbotson was playing with them again. Let's Go, released in the middle ofheralded their return to country music, as a largely acoustic band. Their Warner albums sold well, but by the end of the s the group was moving between labels. Inas a reflection of the changing times and in a seeming attempt to make sure everyone got the point that the band was once again mining its country roots, they made Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol.
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