The Ellis County Fair Association announced in a news release Friday the signing of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to perform at the 2014 Ellis County Fair. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform July 18, with Logan Mize opening.
Nearing its fifth decade together, the iconic and 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 10 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. The band’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” also was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.
The band’s members — Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen — continue their non-stop touring in their 48th year together. Their most recent studio release was 2009’s “Speed of Life.”